12 Qualities of Authentic People and Why You Should Add Them to Your Team
Hiring the right people is crucial to any size of organisation but it should be a top priority for small businesses. You have limited resources and you don’t have the time and cash (recruitment Is expensive) to recruit if it doesn’t work out the first time around. When hiring you need to ensure you are picking employees with the right skills. However, often employers overlook the importance of values and qualities that your employees need to have to be a part of your business culture and growth.
There are plenty of reasons why you should only add authentic people to your team. You have to consider that authenticity is a key ingredient in business success. So what are the traits of authentic people? Below are the top 12 qualities you’ll find in authentic people and why they are integral to your entrepreneurial success:
- Good character
- Natural visionaries
- Good listener
- Speaks the truth
- Open and consistent communicator
- Team oriented
Authentic people are self-reflective. They can think about their own feelings and behaviour, and analyse the reasons behind them. This is paramount within a small organisation that has no place for narcissism. You need team members that have the ability to reflect on their own individual performance so they can set targets to improve. Those that are self-reflective will likely be better at analysing the success of campaigns and be better suited at taking ownership of their own development.
Self-awareness of strengths and weaknesses is essential in a small organisation with limited resources. You need employees that can identify what they are good at and double down on their strengths. Self-aware people make great team players.
Having good governance and accountability in a business is important. Authentic people are not ego-driven and tend to look out for the team instead of just focusing their attention on themselves. They aren’t interested in being superficially better than their peers and colleagues. For them, having a healthy ego enables them to be better leaders and lack insecurity.
4. Good character
Authentic people have strong integrity. They stand by their word and don’t make promises they aren’t willing to keep. You need a team of people that you can trust will deliver on what they promise.
5. Natural visionaries
Attracting authentic people to your organisation is much easier when you have perfectly defined your mission statement. Entrepreneurs and authentic people are natural visionaries. You need to employ people that can understand and want to achieve your ultimate business vision. Open and innovative people will enable your success and growth.
As a business owner, you shouldn’t have to spend all your time trying to motivate your team to achieve their goals. Whilst it is essential that you make boosting employee morale a priority, you need employees that can be self-motivated in their role. Hire people that will be excited about what they do and empower those around them to be the same.
7. Good listener
Employees that have the ability to be a good listener are an asset to your organisation. Clients love to be heard. Make sure you have a team that can listen and relate to your clients to provide the best service possible. Regardless of how harmonious your office is, your employees are human and disagreements will occur. You need a group of people that can listen to others even when dealing with contradicting views. Plus a good listener will pick up on all the important details!
8. Speaks the truth
Transparency is key in a small business. You need employees that won’t be afraid to report the bad along with the good. You need to have 100% trust in your employees as they are handling your livelihood and future. Therefore, it is essential that you have a team that always speaks the truth.
While everyone suffers from some degree of insecurity, you need a team that can make confident decisions and reflect your organisation to the same standard as you would. However, being confident doesn’t just mean you hire employees that can do public speaking. You also need to ensure that you hire people that will be confident enough in their abilities that they will take responsibility when they do make mistakes.
10. Open and consistent communicator
Authentic people will have authentic communications. You need a team with great internal and external communications skills. Make sure you hire employees that can communicate their thoughts and opinions constructively. A team of great communicators will give your company a competitive edge.
11. Team oriented
Authentic people are great employees as they create strong relationships – essential to growing your business. Creating a team atmosphere will encourage your staff to enjoy spending time together. Furthermore, the more attached your team is to each other the higher your staff retention rate will be. Your staff will be more productive if they enjoy their team. Your organisation’s success relies on your team.
Within a small business you have to be adaptable. Decision-making is quicker and projects move quicker than they would in a large, top-heavy organisation. Therefore, you need people who can rise to the occasion and can draw upon past experiences to overcome challenges they face.
As a small business owner, you need to build a team of authentic people to ensure your success. Authentic people aren’t perfect but they have the traits and values that are essential for building the right culture for your organisation to grow. Don’t just look at a potential employee’s skill set, always look at who they are and what they stand for.
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