Leadership Impact on Productivity

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Good leaders can have a huge impact on the productivity of their teams.

Creating a vision and clear goals are key to enhancing productivity.  It is critical that these be believable.  In addition, a good leader will ensure that their team feels ownership of the vision and goals.

If the members of your team do not believe it is possible to double the size of the business in one year, they will not do what is necessary to make it happen.  If they do not believe their goals are achievable, they will not approach work with the required enthusiasm.

Good leaders take time to ensure the members of their team are clear on how to achieve a vision and how to accomplish a goal.  This can be done by breaking a lofty vision or long-term goals into shorter term projects.

The critical step in achieving great productivity is the empowerment of those you have entrusted to run the projects.  If the members of your team feel you will be second guessing their decisions, their productivity will suffer.  If they believe they need your approval before moving forward, they will hesitate to take action when the need to.  Hesitation and delays resulting from waiting on you will result in missed opportunities and a less than perfect outcome.

The key to empowerment is to provide training and the resources required to successfully deliver on the assigned tasks.

The Key to Recruiting and Retaining Top Talent

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Companies don’t have to look far to find a cost justification for investing in leadership development.  In today’s world, companies spend a fortune recruiting and training employees.  Ideally this investment will pay off in many years of productive service.  Unfortunately, it does not always work out that way.

 

When employees leave a company, it is not only disruptive, it also costs money to replace them.  Studies have concluded the number one reason employees leave is because of their boss.  This can sometimes be a personality (clashing of personalities) problem, but it is also frequently the result of the boss showing poor leadership.

No, I am not talking about the leadership of the CEO, although they can contribute to the problem, I am talking about the leadership of the managers and supervisors who are directly responsible for the development of the majority of a company’s employees.  Most employees never see the CEO, but they interact with their manager on a daily basis.

People look to those that manage them to exhibit 5 key leadership behaviors:

  • Set a personal example they can respect
  • Inspire them with a vision of how they fit into the company’s goals
  • Challenge them to improve
  • Enable them to perform
  • Encourage them by recognizing their accomplishments

Do your managers and supervisors know what leadership traits they are expected to exhibit?  Do they take responsibility for developing the employees that work for them?  How much does it cost when someone leaves unexpectedly?

As for recruiting, it becomes a whole lot easier to attract top talent when your current employees speak highly of the company and the people they work for.