Leaders need to be adept at launching their people into effective, independent action. That requires selecting / retaining people who are capable, self-motivated, and engaged in the aims of the organization and its leadership. It also requires the one(s) in charge to enable them to do their best work by providing the leeway, resources, support, and coaching they need. Both sets of conditions need to be true to maximize your human capital—your most valuable asset. If you’re used to operating with something short of this, it’s time to reevaluate your own thinking and practices when it comes to your team. Put your people first and you will join the ranks of leaders and organizations capable of accomplishing game-changing and sustainable results.
- Assess each of your key people in terms of the following: are they consistently capable, self-motivated, and engaged in the aims of your organization?
- Assess your own people practices in terms of the following: do you consistently give your team the leeway, resources, support, and coaching they need to do their best?
- Given what you discover above, identify the changes you can make with the highest impact at the most reasonable cost, and what you need to hold yourself accountable to following through with them.
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