It takes more than delegating and guiding your team to truly become an effective leader. Great leaders nurture their team members to become leaders themselves. They pass on their knowledge and teach them skills that will hopefully help them climb the corporate ladder. With all the responsibilities a leader has, it may sound like a daunting task. If you are in a leadership position, the first things on your mind are leading your team, meeting deadlines, and delivering projects. However, all of those can be accomplished much easier if you nurture your team members’ strengths.
Developing your team members’ individual strengths not only shows your dedication and concern for the company’s future but also shows them their value and the importance of their roles within the company. It helps boost their confidence and drives them to become the best versions of themselves. You get all the pros without the cons. With that said, how do you develop your team members’ strengths? How do drive them to become the best?
Identify The Strengths
In order to develop someone’s strengths, you first have to identify them. Never assume that an individual already knows what their strengths are. Most people take their skills and talents for granted and just assume that everyone is capable of the same things. Take the time to go on a one-on-one meeting with each team member. Discuss with them what they think their strengths are or help them identify those strengths. Once you have them figured out, discuss how they can apply those to existing or future projects.
Ask About Their Professional And Personal Goals
We already know that training programs and seminars are two of the best ways to develop and nurture a team. What most leaders sometimes forget is understanding the goals and motivations of the individuals in the team. Training programs are supposed to hone existing strengths and develop new ones and as much as possible, be tailor-made for certain individuals. In order to provide the right program to the right people, take the time to talk with your team and discover what their professional and personal goals are. That way, you can provide the right tools, in the form of training programs and seminars, to help them reach those goals and at the same time develop their strengths.
Always encourage professional development. This can be done by constantly informing them of upcoming training programs and seminars. This simple act shows your confidence in them that they can further improve themselves and you see their potential to be something much greater. Guide them. Push them to become the future leaders in the organisation.