Employee development is obviously a huge part of what you do as a leader. Turning employees into the leaders of tomorrow could one day be your legacy. When you think about employee development, words like “coach” and “mentor” probably come to mind. But what else is involved in developing your employees? Here are four words to remember about developing the talent on your team…
Support: Do your employees feel that you have their back? Do you support new ideas? Do you encourage creativity? Think about what your employees need from you every day and the ways you could better support their development.
Ignite: Do you have passion for what you do? If the answer is no, it may be time to make a change. If you can’t show your employees why you do what you do and what you love about your job, you’ll never be able to help ignite that same passion in each of your team members. Think about the reasons you get dressed every morning and let your enthusiasm for your job help fuel your staff’s enthusiasm for their own work.
Uplift: Leadership is about a lot more than just barking out orders. Leading with a positive vibe makes all the difference in the world when it comes to team success. When an employee shows a weakness, they’re more likely to show a positive response to criticism that is filled with positivity and inspiration. It’s easy to tear down employees with words, but it’s a heckuva lot harder to build them back up afterwards.
Unite: As talented as your team may be, if they’re not playing well together, they may be a path to destruction. Some employees may work great on their own, but working as a team can be a lot more satisfying to not only the results, but to team morale. If your team isn’t working well together, it’s time to find ways to get them to be less disjointed.