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Leadership Talent Development: Identify and Inspire Your High-Potential Employees

Every organization has them: superstar employees who are reliable, thrive on challenges, seek out more work, help their peers, and have the potential to be a key driver of organizational performance: high-potential employees.

But how do you identify that someone is high-potential, and what do you do to get the best from them? Here is a short overview on how you can identify and maximize your top talent.

How Can You Identify a High-Potential Employee?

Depending on your company, it might be easy or difficult to find your high-potential employees. It's not always obvious, so here are a few traits to look for.

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The desire and ability to learn is a hallmark for high-potential employees. These employees are constantly growing and developing who they are. They will start to learn about positions that they are not involved in, be the expert that other employees turn to for their knowledge, and you might even catch them reading a book during their off time on how to cook, code, or construct something.


Your best employees will be able to change with the growth and development of your company. They’re able to make the best of whichever job you give them. For these employees, they strive for excellence no matter where they are or what they’re doing.


That employee who seems to be bugging you with an endless stream of questions might have the potential for being one of your best employees. With a bit of direction, that curiosity can lead to an employee who can become invaluable to you and your organization. 


Creative employees might fly a bit under the radar and are hard to notice at first glance. These are the employees who are constantly creating and innovating their job. You’ll notice they have their own special way or pattern of doing their job that makes them faster, more efficient, and invaluable to you.

How Can You Inspire High-Potential Employees?

It is important to provide high-potential employees with leadership talent development programming. Once you are able to spot your high-potential employees, you must ensure they have the tools and resources to satisfy their thirst for knowledge and growth. 

Here are a few ways you can work with your high-potential employees to unlock the best from them.

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If employees are told that there is no room for improvement and there is no potential for impact or growth with the company, they will shut down. When you empower employees by helping them promote their wins, you can give them the push they’re looking for to be greater.


One of the easiest ways to make an employee feel detached from their work or undervalued by their manager is by giving them unchallenging work. This is even truer for employees who are creative. One of the best things you can do is challenge your employees beyond their level of comfort. 


As a project leader or manager, you are the boss, but you must be humble. By being a humble leader, your team will be able to feel stronger feelings of cooperation, trust, and safety. You’ll also give your team the space they need to grow and develop their potential into a reality.


Sometimes you might have the best employee imaginable, but things don’t seem to ever work for them. Oftentimes the best solution for these employees is to change their role. 

Make sure to involve them in the decision rather than abruptly reassigning them. If they are transferred without warning or consideration, they might feel more detached from their work as if the role change was a punishment rather than a promotion.

Developing as a leader to be able to bring the best out of your employees is challenging, but is something that can be improved upon. Leadership development programs can help your ability as a leader. With Bridge, an employee development platform, you can find what’s missing in your leadership, as well as learn how to better work with those high-potential employees.

To learn more on this important subject, check out our guide on talent development.

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