Every now and then I hear stories about mean-spirited bosses. The type who feel threatened by any signs of talent around them and who actively work to clip the wings of those preparing to take off.
This can be in the form of taking the credit for the ideas of others, withholding training or other opportunities, or taking anything on offer for themselves. Stopping others in their tracks speaks volumes about a leader – and what a shame that is.
Here’s an idea though. Your leadership presence should feel like the sun. I believe that your role as a leader is to be warm, nurturing and encouraging. It’s your job to help others grow. I’ve written about this before, here
Because it’s the right thing to do. And also because it ultimately makes your own job as a leader a lot easier. It’s a win-win situation for everyone concerned. Your team members get to make the most of themselves, their talents and skills. You have a pool of willing and able people, chomping at the bit, bursting with new ideas, energy and enthusiasm.
Building a reputation as someone who provides a springboard for new talent is not to be sniffed at.
When new team members join you, ask them where their ambitions lie. Where do they see themselves in two years time? The answers to these questions will help you decide what opportunities you can pass their way, what doors you can open for them and make it easier to delegate work and ensure things get done properly.
Being a sun – what a reputation to have!
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I’m Susan Ritchie, an author, leadership and executive coach and trainer. My second book, Strategies for Being Visible: 14 Profile-Raising Ideas for Emerging Female Leaders is now available at good bookshops, and online.
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