“Most of us say we want to work for a [great] company…. Let’s say you score the interview and land the job—congrats. But once you’re there, you’ll see that you don’t actually work for the company; you work for your manager. Through actions and management, your boss is the one who has a direct impact on your experience at the company. That relationship is incredibly important to your future, both inside the company and for your next job. It’s the team and people you surround yourself with that matter every day. When people leave a company, it’s usually their manager or the leadership that they’re really leaving, so when choosing your next adventure, select equally on leader and logo.” -David Gaspar
On first glance, the paragraph above seems to be speaking to job seekers, but a deeper reading points out the inestimable value that good leaders provide for their company. Besides being great employees themselves, they keep great employees!
If I asked you to name your all-time favorite boss, who would it be, and what was it about them that put their name at the top of your list? My guess is that you used terms like their sense of humor, listening skills, empathy, humility, delegation, willingness to let others share in the credit.
A good manager will inspire their team members to greater achievements, excitement about their jobs, speak with pleasure about their career, and become great ambassadors for their company.
How about you? What would your people say about you and your management style? Whom are you inspiring?
Unhappy, uninspired, unmotivated employees are costly. High turnover rates are costlier. Be that leader that creates leaders. Be the reason your employees say “I’ll never work for anyone else.”