What every staff member wants from their leader Part – 2
Any great leader realizes that their personal success or failure is highly dependent on the success or failure of their staff. You always rise to the level of those you surround yourself with. A leader also knows that the level that a staff rises to falls on their shoulders. It is the responsibility of any good leader to bring out the absolute best in every team member.
Last time we took a look at the first five things that every staff member wants from their leader. Let’s review them quickly:
1)Your staff wants to be treated as leaders with high value and potential, not as “hired hands.”
2)Your staff wants a commitment to “adult-adult”, open and mature communication.
3)Your staff wants clear expectations.
4)Your staff wants to be rewarded for their work.
5)Your staff wants training for personal and professional growth.
Those are the first five things that your staff wants from you. Now let’s take a closer look at the remaining five:
6) Your staff wants opportunity for increasing their responsibility.
If your staff member doesn’t want to grow in their level of responsibility then you might need to re-evaluate them. Good staff members want to grow in their responsibility because they want to grow personally. Give them opportunities to increase their duties and their level of authority and watch how the great ones will rise to the top.
7) Your staff wants to be able to vent disappointment, disagreement and frustration without condemnation.
You must learn to have an open door policy. You want your staff to feel at ease speaking with you as the leader without feeling like they will be judged or condemned for their feelings. Work hard on your communication skills with your staff. If you do this, you will help to build bridges in your organization.
8) Your staff wants the resources needed to accomplish their work with excellence.
This is a giant issue, especially when it comes to non-profit organization. In our attempt to save money we minimize our staff by providing inadequate resources to accomplish the work. Make sure that you set your staff up for success. If they fail it won’t be because you didn’t provide them what they needed to succeed.
9) Your staff wants loyalty from you.
Be loyal to them. Build a place of trust in their life. They need to feel that they can share anything with you in private and it stays with you. They need to know that you have their back and that you are on their side.
10) Your staff wants leadership.
You must be the leader, not based on title but based on the influence in their lives, the vision you provide and the winning atmosphere you create. You are the leader…so lead. Learn everything you can about leadership, read every book, attend great seminars, but at any cost learn to lead. The future of your organization and your staff’s success is counting on it.
Until next time,
QUOTE FOR THE DAY:
“When a gifted team dedicates itself to unselfish trust and combines
instinct with boldness and effort – it is ready to climb.”
Posted on August 26, 2009, in Leadership, recognition, Relationships, Team and tagged Effective Leader, Human Relations, integrity, loyalty, motivation, respect, team building, Techniques of effective leaders. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.