People who seem perfectly stable on paper or even in an interview might not act that way on the job. A reference check--done properly--can help.It’s every business owner’s worst nightmare: You hire someone who looks smart on paper and seems fine in the interview, who then turns out to be a disaster. And not just a run-of-the-mill disaster. As recent incidents in Aurora, Colorado, and New York City have shown, it’s possible for heinous acts to be committed by people who, outwardly at least, appear perfectly well adjusted.Mental illness is a taboo subject on so many levels, and that taboo puts small businesses at risk when they hire. I have worked with some absolutely brilliant people who live with mental health challenges.
People follow strong leaders with drive and ambition. But these 12 actions of grace will make you a leader worthy of following.Today’s business environment demands people to step up and be aggressive, strong leaders, in order to get ahead and drive their companies and careers forward. In that powerful march to success sometimes there is so much focus on being strong and assertive, people forget the human side.Here are 12 leadership qualities paired with their gracious counterparts. I’ll leave it to you to find the combination that works in your world so others can perceive and respect you as a gracious individual.1. Be Confident and Show EmpathyPeople will follow you if you express that you know what you’re doing and where you are going.