Leadership Success: 5 Tips for Growing Your People

We commonly hear that people are seeking challenge in the work place.  Without doubt, your success as a leader you will be greatly influenced by your ability to bring out the best in others.  So as a leader what can you do to grow people?

Tip 1: Create the right environment

As the leader you can either create an environment where you encourage people to prosper and contribute or one where you keep everything fixed.  Which do you think would be more motivational for your people?  If you want people to grow, create the working environment where they can.

Tip 2: Set a vision and encourage others to do the same

So often in organisation’s people focus on what’s not possible to achieve.  In reality no matter the situation there are always possibilities available.  Clearly articulate your overall vision and encourage others to come up with their ideas on how they can make it happen.

Tip 3: Make some investment

When times are tough in organisations, developing people is often the first thing that is removed from the budget.  If the organisation is truly stuck for cash this might well be a necessary short term action.  However, as a leader, seek ways of providing opportunities for developing others.  Even low cost group events can make a big difference.

Tip 4: Provide opportunities for shadowing

If you have up and coming and talent in the organisation, why not provide them with opportunities to shadow someone at a more senior level for a day or even half day.  This can be a really effective way of giving someone the real opportunity to get some insights into a more senior level role.

Tip 5: Create a system of mentoring

Mentors are essentially experienced people who have achieved what you want to achieve and help you achieve it. They act as advisors, buddies and supporters who help others to get where they want to.

Bottom Line – There are many advantages from talent retention, to motivation of growing your people.  So what steps could you take as a leader to get better at growing your people?

About the Author Duncan Brodie

Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.

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