Over the years, I've had the opportunity to
work under several managers and I observed the different styles of leadership
each of them brought to the position. Some of them demonstrated to be textbook
examples of how not to lead a team while others were just average. But
nonetheless competent in the managerial role. Then there were those rare few
who were helpful in teaching you how one should approach the role of
Unfortunately, a good number of leaders
manage their teams by focusing on their employees' weaknesses, instead of
looking more at those areas that their employees need to work on or improve, in
order to better their job
Employees can't shoot spider webs from
their wrists or leap tall buildings in a single bound. What they do have,
though, are exclusive talent and skills that can prove to be vital to your
company's future growth and stability. Aren’t you a little curious as to which
leadership category you fall into? Put yourself to the test!
Write a list of your eight go-getter
employees. Not the superstars and not the foot-draggers, but people
who come in everyday, do what they are supposed to do, meeting deadlines and
constantly gives you great results. Now take a look at that list, and take
a minute to think about each of those eight people. What percent of
their potential do you think they are delivering at work? Can you imagine
them taking their performance up a notch or two? What would
that mean for your organization’s end results?
It would mean a lot! So why
not rethink retaining your employee’s talent that shows up every day?
Let us give you a hand in that!
Unleashing career potential matters
Great leaders inspire
people and find ways to unleash their hidden power. And from that
success, satisfaction, energy, innovation follows not forgetting profits
and a better workplace culture.
The key to unleashing
their potential is to reach people on an emotional level. To find
their passion, what they love, what excites them, what turns work
into something closer to having fun.
Discover ‘employee power’
Select one of those eight employees on your list. Schedule a talk with
this individual. It should be more of a casual chat than a formal thing
but keep it professional of course. Find out what this person likes about
their job and what they like least. Some people, for example, love social
media and are able to use it as an amazing work tool. Other
people consider it a task or a disruption from the work they enjoy
and would prefer spending more time on.
Knotting in skills and strengths
After the meeting, if at all possible tweak the job so that the focus is
firmly on what your employees loves and where their passions lay. Cut out
anything irrelevant. Make it clear that your employees own this new
job description. This means if they fail maybe they are not truly cut out for
this particular role choice. Just try it.
Surely, no job can be all exciting and fun
all the time, and all employees’ even stars that walks into work with
the biggest smile on their faces every day - have to spend at least some
time on stuff that’s a drag or boring. We’re not going to create
a perfect world of work. But we can get a whole lot closer.
This is about unleashing that extra percentage that will
cause employee and your company’s happiness and performance to go
through the ceiling.
Seeing power takeoff
Watch what happens with that first employee. I’ll bet you anything you
will see this person reach new heights of performance, and quickly also.
Why? Because you have made this person a partner in their own work life.
You tapped into what they like to do. And you’ve made solid changes
to a job that shows your respect and commitment to your employee’s
business success and career future.
One more thing is that you’ve
unleashed some of your own untapped power as a leader.
We understand how difficult it can be to
find ideal individuals with top skills that will grow your organization. But we
are masters at sourcing that person and matching them to your company culture. Get
in contact with one of our consultants for more information.
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