Empowering Employees to Be Better Leaders: Part 2

Here are three more things you can do as a manager to empower your team to develop stronger skills in leadership and independence.

OFFER GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES

It’s important that your team members are not only able to grow but they also have the opportunity to pursue their goals and become more involved in the company. This is because employees are the organization’s most important asset.

Aside from regular training, you can also provide various opportunities for growth such as hiring industry experts for lunch-and-learn programs or paying for various forms of formal education. To keep your team members up-to-date with the latest professional development events, you can provide them with a calendar.

GIVE THEM SPACE TO STRUGGLE

Usually, an employee will come to you with a task that they need help with, and you will either be able to assist or provide the necessary resources to complete the task. Although it’s fine to have your managerial duties, it’s also beneficial to encourage your team members to learn how to do their own work.

If an employee needs help with a financial spreadsheet, stop yourself from finishing it yourself and instead ask the finance department to help them. Although it’s not always possible to do everything yourself, give your team members more responsibility and let them finish their tasks. They’ll eventually learn how to do it themselves.

KEEP FEEDBACK LINES OPEN

A good feedback loop is very important for any company as it can help improve employee performance and develop a more effective team. Unfortunately, only 2% of employers provide ongoing feedback to employees, despite the importance of continuous communication.

One of the most effective ways to improve employee communication is by regularly meeting with them in an informal setting. This type of interaction can help you identify areas of improvement and develop a plan for the individual. Having a quarterly meeting can also help employees feel comfortable talking about their concerns.

With these habits and skills, your employees will learn to manage their schedules and solve their own problems while building positive relationships. Cultivating leadership qualities in your team will set you and your company up for smooth succession over time and will help employees remain committed to pursuing their own professional development goals.

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Originally published at JimmyLustig.com

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