Practical Leadership: The New Age of Hiring and Firing
Startups are the lifeblood of innovation and creativity in the modern business world.
With limited resources, startups need to be extremely efficient with their hiring process to get the most out of their team.
Money is tight.
Resources are few.
And you can’t always judge a book by its cover.
How do startup leaders hire the right people for the job and sustain growth without becoming prey to the current mass firing trend?
Hiring the right person for the job is a critical step in this process.
Leaders must create workplace symbiosis by finding individuals who can work well together and enhance the culture of the organization; especially if it is a remote culture.
Asking the right questions during an interview can help leaders identify potential candidates who have a passion for what they do and will be a good fit for their company's culture.
Who are you?
What drives you?
How do you handle challenges?
These are just some of the questions that should be asked to get an understanding of each individual's unique skills and qualifications; but it is also important to ask yourself: who are you as a leader?
Leaders in startups must be able to create an environment where everyone can work together and support each other’s goals.
They must also be able to set clear expectations and provide guidance when needed making sure they are hiring the most suitable people, building strong relationships with their team, and leading their company towards success.
You have found the diamond in the rough; your newest hire is the perfect fit for your culture.
Awesome...but hiring the right person is only half the battle won.
Mentorship plays an important role in helping new hires get up to speed with their roles and responsibilities quickly; helping them build trust with the team and become more confident in their abilities to delegate and prioritize tasks that will create continued growth.
The sign of true leadership is creating the workplace for the right people at the right times to take charge of tasks and further their professional growth as well as the growth of the company itself.
Empowerment is the name of the game.
As a leader, your decisions need to be mindful of their long-term impact- do we have the team to bring this to the finish line?
If your efforts succeed, have you set our infrastructure up for that success and can you continue to scale?
Making strategic choices that empower staff can help startups grow faster as they will be more motivated and productive in achieving their goals.
In this new frontier of massive tech layoffs and firings- it is essential to hire right the first time around.
Choosing the right people for your culture, grooming them and setting them up for sustained growth is the sign of true leadership and can lead to startup success.
Based on excerpts from the Biz/Dev podcast Episode 80.