When you are recruited
- Why are you being hired? Is this just a job, or a career opportunity?
- Is this a company where talented people stay a long time? If not, will the experience you gain be attractive to future employers?
- How will the company help you grow? What kind of assignments can you expect? Will you have time to continue your education or learn with the company?
- What kind of mentoring program do they have?
- What kind of formal training program do they have?
- How soon can you be running a part of the business? OJT in smaller leadership roles is key to the future.
- Are work methods set in stone, or are you given the freedom to try new ideas?
As a new employee
- Do you meet your goals?
- Do you help others?
- What do you do for your peers?
- When you take problems to the boss, do you take solutions as well?
- Are you transparent?
- Are you developing a group of senior manager friends who will mentor and back you?
- Is your network expanding outside your division or company?
- Do you know people in your community who aren’t businesspeople?
- Are you a member of professional associations and do you actively participate in them?
- Do you attend seminars about things a more senior person would be focused on?
- Are you contributing to your community in some way?
- Are you there for your family? If not, why should they be there for you when you need them?
- Have you cultivated a close friendship with someone who will be honest with you when others won’t?
- Have you formed an inner circle of friends to be your advisors on important matters?
My favorite author on leadership is John Maxwell. He is a prolific writer and speaks to complex business and life issues in simple terms. I encourage you to check out his website and books.