To be a successful leader, you need to get the best from your team.
After all, you can’t do it all on your own!
Leadership is the desire and ability to inspire individual achievement, while a leader is just a guy at the top of the heap worried about his own.Keith Mullen
But in order to achieve the best results through people, you have to surround yourself with quality, or those that have potential to be something special in the future.
So, when putting your team together, you should consider the following:
Recruit and attract the very best people. I’d go as far to say that attracting and recruiting people with the right attitude is far more important than hiring skill.
As a leader, you should encourage diversity of talent and personality whilst ensuring recruits are going to enhance existing team dynamics.
Ensure you retain the great people you hire! Ask yourself the question, “what’s in it for them?”.
Run meaningful recognition programmes, designed to cater for the accepted motivation factors in the 21st century, such as freedom and autonomy.
I hire people brighter than me and then I get out of their way.Lee Iacocca
Develop the people around you. Encourage a learning culture, where people take responsibility for their own personal and professional growth.
This doesn’t let you or the organisation off the hook!
By aligning people with your business purpose and goals, they will seek you out for a view on the resources to facilitate their development, including coaching, training or experience.
Call to Action
Think of the team you currently lead.
Now, on a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being the best) how do you currently rate the effectiveness of your team?
What more can you do to get the best from your team, in these three ways – recruiting, retaining and developing?