Why Your Next Hire Should Be a Thought Leader

In a world where innovation is always right around the corner, it’s important to not only keep up with industry trends, but to get ahead of your competition. Establishing an intuitive and thought-leading culture in your company is imperative for staying atop your industry and connecting with your customers. Filling your think tank with the right employees will optimize your organization for modern business.

The million dollar idea

If you hire for the status quo, then you will get status quo results. However, if you decide to take a chance on a logistics professional or distribution candidate that thinks outside the box, she may just provide a unique perspective that can save or make your business thousands. Even if the innovation is not patentable, it may still be a process that can propel your business to the top of its industry. If your business boasts a creative culture, there is no telling where or from whom the next big idea will come.

Quality Control

Thought leaders are people with great insight and intuition. These employees may be able to spot industry or market trends that can negatively affect your business or provide the perfect opportunity for growth. Having the staff in place that can help keep the big picture in mind while everyone else is hard at work can help provide useful and necessary quality control for your company.

Traits of thought leaders

How do you spot a thought leader during the interview process? Look for these key indicators of thought leadership:

  • Big picture mindset
  • Work that speaks for itself
  • Self-sufficiency and intuition
  • Never settle attitude
  • Problem solver
  • Hunger for knowledge
  • Creativity
  • Welcome to challenges
  • Under promise and over deliver
  • Humble/modest mentality
  • Always ON at work (ready to go and actively engaged)
  • Learns from mistakes
  • Leadership qualities
  • Knows when to ask for help
  • Listens and understands first before speaking

Creating scenarios and asking questions that can evoke these qualities from candidates is a great way to find out if the candidate you are interviewing is a thought leader or not.

For more staffing advice or help on finding your company’s next automotive, light industrial, manufacturing or administrative thought leader, partner with Malone Staffing Solutions. We have been trusted by industry leaders in Lexington, KY and Nashville, TN for many years. Contact Malone Staffing Solutions for all of your staffing needs today.


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