Regardless of what the position may be, the best hiring managers always have long-term objectives in mind when recruiting. Far from simply hiring for past credentials or existing skills, it is vital that we also consider recruiting and selecting those with great leadership potential. In this way, we safeguard our companies and lay the groundwork for a stronger, more capable organisation for the years to come.

Sarah Davis, CIPD’s leader for Learning and Development initiatives in the Middle East, has collaborated with the CIPD ‘on and off’ for nearly 10 years. She has been delivering HR qualifications and short training courses to CIPD clients in the Gulf and Europe. She has…