What every staff member wants from their leader Part – 2

Success or failure is highly dependent on the success or failure of your staff

Success or failure is highly dependent on the success or failure of your staff

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,

Chris Sonksen


“When a gifted team dedicates itself to unselfish trust and combines
instinct with boldness and effort – it is ready to climb.”
Pat Riley


About Chris Sonksen

Chris Sonksen is the founder and Lead Pastor of South Hills Church and has an exceptional ability to inspire both secular and non-secular audiences. Under his leadership, South Hills has experienced phenomenal growth and in just a few short years has grown from a handful of people to nearly 3000 in attendance today. Today South Hills has become a thriving, multi-service and multi-site church. Chris has a magnetic, captivating and humorous style for motivating and inspiring all audiences. As a motivational speaker, he has spoken both nationally and internationally in companies such as Verizon, Securitas and Home Depot, and there is no doubt that by applying his teachings, his audience will improve the quality of their lives! Chris is the author of two books In Search of Higher Ground and Handshake. Chris is the founder of Celera Church Strategy Group an organization with an unwavering commitment to excellence in all things, with the goal to “raise the national average of church attendance,” by equipping church leaders with resources and coaching. Chris brings high-energy focus and a passion for vision and leadership to encourage and equip the local Church. Chris is a native Californian, born in Long Beach and currently resides in Corona with his wife, Laura and their two children, Grace and Aidan.

Posted on August 26, 2009, in Leadership, recognition, Relationships, Team and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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