Managers have a tremendous impact on employee satisfaction and retention. In a recent survey, 30 percent of respondents said that they would stay at their current position if they reported to a new manager. That is a high percentage for any type of organization.
In part one of this three-part series, we examine leadership skills as they relate to attracting and retaining top talent.
Leadership is frequently described as a calling rather than a position earned through promotion. However, leadership is not necessarily an inherent trait. The proper skills can be groomed through a strong support system. Having formidable leadership can impact all aspects of your organization from company image to procuring and retaining top talent.
Many managers work their way up the corporate ladder to leadership positions with little or no formal training on how to successfully lead individuals or a team. While leading can be second nature for some, most managers need guidance and support.
Managers are not necessarily leaders
Managers typically delegate and oversee work performed by their staff. Leaders tend to coach a team through the tasks they perform. They champion excellence while creating a skills base within the group.
Leaders set clear expectations of their staff at every level. They provide detailed feedback on projects and goals and also solicit feedback. They remove barriers and encourage the team members to think for themselves.
There are things great leaders don’t do
Leaders are personable with their team but are not everyone’s friend. They give credit where it’s due and show appreciation for their staff even if they do most of the work. Leaders also understand that bullying is never acceptable at work. They continually strive to create an environment of positive collaboration and never resort to playground antics.
Most importantly, leaders inspire
Managers who aspire to be great leaders are a tremendous asset to any company. If you have skilled leaders at your organization, you will attract and retain key employees. You will also boost productivity and revenue. Essentially, leadership is the glue that holds together all great businesses.
In part two of our three-part series, we will take a look at common mistakes leaders tend to make.
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