An essential part of leading any organization is developing the talent on a team. Do not think that your top talent underestimates their value to your organization by taking them for granted. Top performers know that they can take their skills and expertise to other organizations, including your competitors. This is true in good economies as well as in poor economies.
Therefore it is critical for a leader to understand how to cultivate top talent so they are fully engaged with your organization’s goals and visions. Consistently following these traits not only retains your top talent but also grows them to be more essential part of your team.
Here are the ten essential traits:
Vision: Share your vision of good performance if you want to see great performance.
Communication: When communicating with your direct reports don’t just hear what they’re saying, listen to their entire message.
On the team: Never ask top talent to do something that you would not do yourself.
Fairness: Always be as fair as possible.
Recognition: Give recognition for exceptional performance.
Investigation: Never assume anything without asking.
Manners: Yes, you’re the leader, but she still should say “please” and “please thank you”.
Contribution: Always deliver more than you promise.
Balance: You will have personal and professional problems from time to time – but never let it affect your interactions with any team member.
Humanness: Maintain a sense of humor and humility at all times.
Great leaders do not look at their own accomplishments. Instead they focus on the accomplishments of their individual team members. This is not a total lack of self-interest but is instead a complete focus on the interests of others with the full knowledge that as others succeed they will also taste success.