Every single employee is important in an organization, but there is nothing more vital than having leaders to drive change and manage day-to-day work. These leaders might be supervisors, managers or partners, but they are hugely important regardless of what department of the business they work in. So it is time to figure out whether your business has true leaders! If you feel there is room for improvement, here are a few ways you can change the tide:
Invest in leadership programs
The first thing you can do is to take advantage of leadership program benefits. There are many different programs run by trained professionals, so you should be able to find one that suits your style of doing business. Your staff will learn invaluable skills that will help them to move your business forward over the coming weeks, months and years. They might need to learn to be better at delegation, or they might need to break out of their shell and stop being so shy. Other people can be too direct, so for them it could be learning to tone down their personality when in an office environment. Either way, this is one of the best investments you could make for your team.
Have more regular meetings
Once your team is operating with nominated leaders, it is your job to ensure that things flow easily without any major hiccups. Stay connected with your leaders, as they will be the ones who have an insight into what is going on in the business. You can organize regular meetings with all of the managers and supervisors, as well as having one-on-one meetings to find out about more specific issues and areas of interest. Try and schedule in these meetings so they are always in the diary; it is more helpful as people will be able to organize other meetings and work around them.
Reward staff when it is earned
When there are team members who are making a real difference, it can be a good idea to reward them. Whether this is a leader or someone who is shining under their influence, it is a great help to your organization. Perhaps you could think about holding an awards ceremony or recognition afternoon in honor of your most hardworking employees; this could be in conjunction with a promotion or even a pay rise where applicable.
Think about tomorrow’s leaders
These promotions are easier to do when you have considered tomorrow’s leaders, as your organization won’t stay still. People leave or get promoted into other positions, which opens up their jobs for people who are currently sitting under them in the company hierarchy. So if you have earmarked certain employees for promotions in the coming months, ensure they have the right training before they take up their new post. You could send them on the same leadership programs mentioned above, as well as making sure they can handle the extra responsibilities that they will inherit.
About the Author
From her 25 years in business, Elizabeth Hill aims to pass on knowledge and skills gained in that time through her writing. She loves walks in the countryside, spending time with family and friends, and is ever so ‘slightly’ addicted to coffee.
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