An executive manager plays a very key role in the successful functioning of a company. His selection and appointment is a very important aspect for the growth of any organisation. Head-hunters and placement agencies provide resource and services for hiring the right kind of candidates. However, the parameters have to be set by the employer.
Kautilya, in his Arthashastra, gives us detailed guidelines on the selection of managers who are fresh management trainees, and also those how are experienced and need to be directly recruited for higher responsibilities.
Selection of management trainees
Book one, chapter five points out the various qualities to the tested by the human resource department, when it hunts for management trainees during campus interviews.
Kautilya says that a ‘trainable’ person is the one who has the following six qualities:
Desire to learn
Should be open minded. After learning all the theories of management, a trainee should be available to learn the practical side of it from seniors.
Effective listening ability
Listening is hearing ‘plus’ thinking. He should be able to understand what is being expected out of him from the organisation.
Ability to reflect
One should be able to think from all angles. Both logical and creative thinking is required in the field of management.
The true test of a good manager comes during crisis. He should be able to shoulder all the responsibilities and execute an immediate action plan.