How often have you thought about sitting down with your staff and saying,
“I’d love to find out what you find intriguing in this job; what components of your work you find meaningful; and are there any modifications we can do to make your job a little more exciting?”
Now is the time for leaders to reflect and say, “I haven’t always learnt as much as I should have about my employees’ values, interests, strengths, and motivations, and what better time than now?”
Getting to know people is at the heart of developing others. Think about their:
- Strengths. Understanding the qualities of each member of your team is the first step towards maximising their abilities.
- Interests. Before you can assist someone to grow and develop in a way that is meaningful and gratifying to them, you must first understand their interests.
- Values. Similarly, if you don’t know what motivates your staff, you’ll struggle to keep them motivated.
It sounds easy to get to know your employees, and it is.
- Spend time with the individuals in your team.
- Have open and honest discussions with them about their passions, objectives, and priorities.
- Pay attention to their distinctive abilities and viewpoints at work, as well as who they are and how they spend their free time.
You may assist employees in establishing a career that lets them do what they enjoy while still being effective at it by identifying and using their strengths, interests, and values.
This translates to contented employees and a productive team.
Don’t be shy. People enjoy talking about what they’re good at, what they’re enthusiastic about, and what matters to them.
Just ask if you have any reservations or questions about someone’s abilities, interests, or values.
The key takeaways
Getting to know people is at the heart of developing others.
Understanding the strength, interests, and values of each member of your team is the first step towards maximising their abilities.
If you don’t know what motivates your staff, you’ll struggle to keep them motivated.
You can assist employees in establishing a career that lets them do what they enjoy while still being effective at it.