No matter its size or industry, a company is only as successful as the people involved with it. That’s why hiring the right employees is such a critical process for all business leaders, including those who head the biggest and most powerful companies in the world.
If you’ve ever wondered how top executives like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg tackle the task of building a team, here are eight tips and philosophies straight from famous leaders themselves.
Zuckerberg’s approach to hiring shows that he’s humble enough to listen to and take advice from his employees, regardless of their rank. As a boss, it’s your job to not only guide your staff, but also identify those who can one day lead alongside you, or even fill your role as you move up. Seeking out employees with a knack for leadership and sound judgment can only help you as your team grows in the future.
No leader wants subpar work from his or her team. That’s why it’s so important to hire what Jobs called “A-plus” people right from the beginning. Seek out the most driven, hardworking candidates, and you’ll always get great results.
While she may not have been speaking specifically about hiring, Winfrey’s quote still holds true for leaders looking to build a strong team. It’s easy to draw the attention of top talent when your company is doing well, but it’s the people who believe in your company’s mission — those who will stick by you and help see the business through the inevitable rough patches — who will make the best employees.
Great leaders often recommend hiring people who are smarter than you and can supplement your weaknesses. Ogilvy, known as the “father of advertising,” expressed this sentiment, advising managers to look for ambitious, talented individuals who can make the company greater than the sum of its parts.
Micromanaging is rarely an effective leadership style. Learning to delegate and let go of the reins sometimes can be difficult, but it’s easier when you hire people whom you can trust to accomplish tasks efficiently and correctly.
According to an Inc. article about this quote, Mayer suggested that she’s been able to hire every person she wanted because the company “sells itself.” Although your company may never be as big as Yahoo, it can and should strive to have a culture and mission that truly sell the company to prospective employees — who should, of course, be among the best and brightest in their field.
Microsoft didn’t become one of the most successful tech companies in the world by taking it easy. Similarly, if you want your company to keep thriving and growing, you can’t slow down or think that where you are is “good enough.” Keep seeking out talented individuals to join your team, and take it to the next level.
Disney built a multibillion-dollar global empire — and he couldn’t have achieved that without a strong, dedicated workforce behind him. Find talented candidates who want to help make your company’s dream a reality and who can work well with your existing team to make it happen.