Jack Welch and Managing Employees
Few managers are trained to promote the strengths and well being of their teams. People take more time and are more complex than solving the functional side of the business. Without strong contributing employees, you, as their manager, as well as the company don’t reach its full potential.
So how do you build a great team? Simple…spend the time managing each team member. Managing employees means listening, setting standards and expectations, and pushing each person to stretch and do more. The composite of your team members could include:
- employees who are strong performers but weak communicators,
- individuals who are insecure but you know can do the work
- high maintenance employees
- employees who are disgruntle,
- and more
So how do you handle the different levels of personalities and performance? Mainly by setting clear standards and expectations, understanding each person’s strengths and weaknesses and having open conversations with each person so they can increase their performance to those levels.
“Jack Welch on How to Manage Employees” by Nadia Goodman on Entrepreneur.com:
When Welch assesses a leader, he looks for people who want to see others succeed. “Every good leader I know has a generosity gene,” he says, meaning that they’re excited to give a raise or suggest their best employee for a better opportunity on another team. “They like to see people win.”
Welch adds that successful leaders also coach their employees, giving them tools and advice to help them grow. “A great leader is a generous coach,” he says.
When you are managing employees you are aware of their performance and help them to increase those levels.
Do you consistently review how you are leading your teams?
It’s important to set a priority for yourself to be a great leader and take the time to read, brainstorm or participate in seminars that provide you with the tools to be your best.
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