Your company is like a machine, a machine that needs to run efficiently every day. And just like any machine, the best way to make it run at its optimal level is to ensure each person is in the right position in the company.
Leadership development means ensuring that you have the right people placed in jobs that make the best use of their skills.
When you have the right people in the right place doing the tasks they are best trained and ready for, your company is running at its optimal efficiency. So how do you determine if you have the right people in the right place? It’s not easy, and it takes some work, but the payoff can lead to huge rewards for your organization.
There are multiple ways to assess leadership development needs. To start, review your staff’s positions in the company and appraise the quality of their work, how they get along with other people in their department, and learn if they have any hidden talents or education that might be beneficial to the company.
Quality Of Their Work
When you review people’s work ask yourself how it benefits the company. Does it ring true with your company’s message, mission, and values? Do people understand what the person does? Does the work have an impact on your business? Make no mistake, this is a hard task, especially if you like the employee personally. But ignoring poor work output or, even worse, not acknowledging excellent output, can have a negative effect on your bottom line.
How Well Do They Work With Others?
People who work well together produce exceptional work. You want to make sure the people on your teams are suited for each other. They don’t have to be best friends, but they must work well together and compliment each other with their skills. When your teams get along with each other, they will naturally produce high-quality work. You will also find that members of these groups can be your most engaged and loyal employees who will be perfect for leadership positions down the road.
I Didn’t Know That About You!
How much do you know about your employee’s educations and talents? Sure, you can look at their resumes or job applications and see what they studied in school, but what about other skills they may have acquired from hobbies, old jobs, or schooling they haven’t disclosed.
An essential part of leadership development is maximizing the talents of your employees. But, if you don’t know all the skills they have you will never learn how you can best utilize their abilities.
This does not mean you should call each employee in and grill them about their hobbies and training. But, during performance reviews or casual conversation ask people why they completed a task a certain way, or why they arrived at a particular conclusion. Be curious, but not intrusive.
Leadership Development Is Not Easy
Digging deeper into your employee’s work is not easy. There are relationships to consider as well as people’s perceptions about their work and the work of others. This is why some companies seek outside help. An objective observer’s view is free from personal feelings.
Equal Parts Consulting has the experience and expertise you need to develop future leaders. Schedule an appointment with us to learn how we could help your company reach peak performance.