Identify your high potentials
Technical expertise is not the best criteria for selecting your future leader. Consider the following characteristics in weighing your "high potentials."
Willingness to learn from mistakes
Able to build positive relationships
Open to new ideas
Embraces change as opportunity
Holds self accountable for results
Doesn’t settle with “good enough”
Seems to enjoy learning; acts on feedback
Thinks before acting
Individuals with this set of characterists have a higher likelihood of being successful in leadership roles, provided they are provided support during their leadership transition and are mentored in the right way. Aptitude does not equal performance.
Once you identify the "right" people, invest in them to ensure they are appropriately prepared to be successful in their roles.