Leadership is a skill, and it’s hard. It’s the difference between knowing how to motivate self and knowing how to motivate others.
It is worth noting that more than 50% of employee departures are not about people leaving their job, but about leaving what they experience as a caustic culture. And culture always occurs as a result of leadership.
One of the greatest values in developing leadership skills is that it helps avoid the cost and disruption risks of losing great employees, while at the same time creating a culture that attracts the best candidates.
Here are five important leadership qualities to focus on:
- Recognize contributions with feedback
Everyone likes their efforts to be recognized. Leaders need to make their people feel appreciated with both words and performance rewards.
- Hire and promote carefully
Great employees want to work in great teams. Hiring or promoting the wrong people will result in lower engagement and great employees looking for great teams elsewhere.
- Balance performance goals with compassion
Great leaders place a priority on making certain that their leaders know how to balance performance with being human. Great leaders set challenging goals, celebrate employees’ successes, and show empathy during hard times.
- Honor your commitments
When you uphold a commitment, you grow in the eyes of your employees because you prove yourself to be trustworthy and honorable, two critically important qualities in a leader.
- Develop your People
Leadership is not a status quo activity. Keep your employees engaged by finding areas where they can improve and expand their skills.
It all boils down to this …
If you want your best people to stay, and you want to attract the best candidates to your organization, you need to think carefully about how you treat your people.
Leadership drives culture and culture depends on communication dynamics.