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Leading With People In Your Group

If it’s at all possible, you want to keep the people you have and not start over with new employees. Even if you have someone that is causing problems, it may be better to spend some time working with that individual to determine if they have a need or want that is not being met in their current situation. Many times if you can find that answer and address it, you can turn everything around. And, that’s part of the leadership role you have, to help your people fulfill what they have to offer for themselves and for the company.

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Leading With People In Your Group

  1. 1. Leading With People In Your Group If it’s at all possible, you want to keep the people you have and not start over with new employees. Even if you have someone that is causing problems, it may be better to spend some time working with that individual to determine if they have a need or want that is not being met in their current situation. Many times if you can find that answer and address it, you can turn everything around. And, that’s part of the leadership role you have, to help your people fulfill what they have to offer for themselves and for the company.
  2. 2. Beyond addressing the “problem,” it is important to make sure all of your people are moving forward, gaining new skills and knowledge, adding more to the team, and working together with ease. That all sounds like a perfect world, and it won’t always be that good, but that’s the goal as an effective leader. Sleuthing Taking time to talk with your people on a regular basis to find out what they enjoy about their work and the company can help. You also want to find out what some of their personal goals are. Knowing both sides of that equation should give you a good idea about how you can help with their goals by getting them into classes or training that will benefit the firm as well as the individual. Is there another job the person is interested in doing? Even one that isn’t currently part of your organization. A good leader develops the people and creates jobs as needed when it means employing a rising star. Cross-Training Consider jobs that work closely together. Where that is the case, you might want those to cross-train with the other job(s). This not only means you don’t have to worry about things like extended sick leave, holidays, or losing an employee — but it also means those people have the chance to build a deeper bond with those they most often associate with. It also allows them to rethink any protocols that could be more efficient with a few tweaks. A few things to keep in mind. If someone is doing great in their job,
  3. 3. reward and cherish them. If someone is outstanding but not a good fit for their current job, again, reward them and move them into the right job. For those who struggle, train or help them improve in their job or find a better fit for them immediately. Don’t leave anyone frustrated or unappreciated.

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