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A Great Leader Invests in People

What Makes a Great Leader?...

If you’ve chosen your team correctly, they spend the bulk of their day focused on building the company. They strive to meet goals, beat deadlines, and be the collective face that furthers your mission. With all the time employees invest for you, how much time do you invest in them?

A team’s success is directly correlated with the time its leader spends fostering talent. If you’ve been putting this off, now is the perfect time to get started. Here are four tips to investing in your team’s success.

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What makes a great leader?

First of all, you must understand the needs of your employees. A questionnaire won’t cut it here. Talk to your team and find out what needs they have and work together in order to satisfy them.

With that, training should be an ongoing process. I’ve found that most companies have proprietary tasks that cannot be learned without a detailed explanation. See to it that these, as well as other day-to-day activities, are being completed to your specifications.

It’s also important that each employee is properly branded. If a potential client looks up a team member’s LinkedIn profile, will she be impressed? Encourage everyone to update their profile. If you aren’t well versed in social media, chances are someone in your organization is.

Finally, and like I’ve mentioned before, spend time with your team. Have lunch brought to the office or organize a social gathering after work. This is a great opportunity to connect with your team on a personal level. This will encourage meaningful conversation down the road.

Taking a sincere interest in your team’s well being is a small investment that will pay big dividends. Of course, I am always interested in spending time getting to know you as well! Feel free to email me with any questions on this subject or anything that is important to your success.

Here's to the GREAT LEADER in you!

Chris

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