I focus on one person in particular because she showed clear signs from an early stage of her career that she had leadership potential. She demonstrated that in a number of ways. It is often difficult to contribute at the beginning of a career when you are still learning but in the early days, she would offer to document a new process or to write training material or notes. She always put her hand up to help organise events or get togethers for the team and was respectful of the contributions of others.
As she became more knowledgeable and confident, she would volunteer to mentor or train people on one aspect of the role. She looked for opportunities to share information from her division to the rest of the company and was keen to contribute to discussions as they arose. She engaged with building relationships across the company, not just her team or her Manager, and thought about the bigger picture and the company.