How to Hire the Right Leadership Team for Your Startup

Team for Your Startup

1. Cover All The Bases

You’ll need to be brutally honest about the skills that already exist in your core team and work out where your weak spots are.

2. Leverage The Experience Of Your Investors

If you already have investors on board, ask for help in determining what type of hire would be most beneficial at each stage. Your early hires may include an experienced sales manager and a marketing manager to drive sales forward and begin to build a solid customer base.

3. Leave Your Ego At The Door

You may be top dog, but don’t be afraid to hire people who are smarter than you. If you insist on surrounding yourself with nodding drones who always say “yes,” you’ll miss out on the opportunity to benefit from others’ wisdom, at the expense of your company.

4. Recognize Leadership Qualities

The best executive hires are those who are capable of attracting top talent themselves.

5. Choose Team Players

Your leadership team will become the next most important group of people in your life after your own family. In any startup, these are the people who will become your confidants and captains; they will challenge and support your decisions, help you make better decisions, and co-pilot your venture.

6. Hire People Who Fit

There will be times when you’ll be tempted to go with the easiest (rather than the best) fit.

7. Think beyond the salary

You’ll need to offer a healthy salary to attract great people — but don’t fall into the trap of thinking that’s the only incentive that counts.

8. Be the kind of company you want to work for

You don’t have to follow the corporate herd.

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