“A good boss hires talented people and gets out of their way. A great boss hires talented people and pushes others out of their way.”
I saw this cooment on linkedin and it really resonated with me. The times I have accomplished the most in my career are when I have had a coach/mentor boss who allowed me to run with my ideas and cleared a path for me to do so.
I have striven to be that kind of boss as well. Developing a strong team is about putting employees in the best possible place for success. So how do we do that?
You need to assess each person on an individual basis.
- What are their strengths? Are they entrepreneurial, are they organized, do they inspire teamwork, or are they great with numbers?
- What do they aspire to do? Do they want to manage projects, manage employees, document procedures, or work with budgets?
- Do they have the aptitude for what they aspire to do? This is a hard one because some employees’ wants and abilities do not always match. A great boss can maneuver through this by guiding the employee to his/her strength.
Once you have assessed your team’s strength, you then give them opportunities to work in those areas. These opportunities can be large or small, from leading a large project to organizing the supply area. The point is that you are giving the employee an opportunity to SHINE by doing what they do best.
The mistake that a lot of managers fall into is not taking the time to assess an employee’s strengths and develop them. If you are one of these managers, you are missing a great opportunity to bring out the best in your employees and create a much more positive working environment.
Think about the greatest moments in your career. Did someone give you the chance to SHINE? How did it make you feel about that boss? How did you feel about your job? For me, working for this type of manager instilled loyalty, inspired me to accomplish more and made working feel like it was not just a job.
So how do you stack up as a manager? Are you inspiring and building strong teams or are you just getting by?
One of the missions of my website is to help guide all managers to becoming great bosses. I guarantee that if you put in the effort of assessing and developing your employees’ strengths and providing them with opportunities to SHINE, the pay-off will be unlimited and YOU will become a great boss.