Recognizing quiet leadership potential

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Certain personality traits and characteristics are associated with leadership potential. The dominant thinking is that extrovert or charismatic people make for strong leaders — and this is not something unique to the development sector, explained Girish Menon, chief executive of ActionAid UK.

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Menon’s team has been making a conscious effort to change perceptions of leadership and to recognize and nurture different forms of leadership potential. As a result, there has been more diversity in those applying for jobs and making it through the door at Action Aid, he said. A more diverse group of staff have also demonstrated confidence in going for more senior roles, he continued.

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    Emma Smith is a Senior Careers Reporter at Devex, based in Barcelona. She focuses on bringing the latest career and hiring trends, tips, and insights to our global development community. Emma has a background in journalism and, in addition to writing for news publications, has worked with organizations focusing on child rights and women’s rights in sustainable development.