In order to survive The Great Resignation, you have to become a leader worthy of admiration and also get very good at helping your team define and use their strengths and talents. If you’d like to figure out how to navigate the recent shift and retain your employees amid an unprecedented churn in the global labor market, keep reading.
Adapt wherever and whenever you can – when it makes sense
The first step is to realize every person on your team has different needs and talents and they all have different ways of finding meaning in their work. The more ways you can find to adapt to be inclusive and address their needs when it’s appropriate, the more likely it will be for them to want to stay.
This could mean delivering information and training in a variety of ways, like written content, as well as live broadcasts, video or audio options, so people can consume it in different ways, or it can mean adjusting work situations and roles when it becomes necessary and can be done.
We wholeheartedly believe in fulfillment at Kardia. Fulfillment means utilizing people’s skills, developing their strengths, challenging them to grow, helping them find meaning in what they do, and showing them how the experience they’re creating for our clients and in our community matters.
Lean into the reality that you don’t know it all
Embrace the fact that you don’t know it all, because the next steps you take after that will put you on the right track a lot faster. The greatest leaders in the world know exactly where they shine, and they double down there, with their time, effort, and education.
They streamline their focus to become world-class in their particular area of genius and then they find the right people to do everything else. From there, it’s a matter of helping them feel fulfilled in their role and challenging them to bring their best.
Only the transformed can transform. In other words, if you haven’t figured out what is meaningful for you and what makes you fulfilled in your role as a leader, you won’t be able to show them how to do it either. Learning new things and expanding your knowledge base is key to growth and innovation, for yourself, your team, and your company. Developing those qualities in your team and giving them ways to explore new things, become curious, and expand their knowledge base will keep them interested and excited about what they’re doing.
Give your team the appreciation and respect they deserve
Every single person on the planet has value. They all have something to add, and they all have areas of genius. All that’s really needed is to cultivate their genius, so they can use their talents in the best possible way and to their fullest extent.
Your job as a leader is to make sure that cultivation is part of your daily practice. That means getting to know your team members, learning what they do well, and finding out where they want to grow, then doing your best to make that happen. Your team won’t thrive if the only feedback or interaction they ever get from you is what’s going wrong. That’s going to have them looking for a job elsewhere in a hurry. Every position in your company is there because it serves a function that’s necessary for your business to operate properly, and each one deserves recognition and respect.
Clarify and communicate your vision
As humans, we feel happier when we’re making progress toward a goal and when we can see how our actions and efforts contribute to getting there. If your team members don’t understand your bigger vision and how their position fits into it, they’ll have no idea whether or not they’re making a difference and moving the company toward that goal.
We all want to know that our efforts matter. To help your people see that, you have to know, very clearly, where you’re going as a company, what your immediate goals and objectives are, and then you must be able to communicate them so that everyone on your team understands their part in making it happen. On top of that, you also have to express why what you do matters for your clients, the company, and for your team, so everyone knows the reasons for what you do and how it makes life better.
Hold yourself to the highest degree of integrity
You want to be the person your team members admire and are proud to say they work for. That means doing the right thing because it’s the right thing – even when things aren’t going well. The true indicator of a brand’s strength, both personal and professional, is what happens when the brand is under stress. It’s easy to do the right thing when things are going well, but it’s a true testament of character when you do the right thing when it’s the hardest decision you have to make.
When you act with the highest degree of integrity, people appreciate it, respect it, and admire it. And that kind of person is someone worth working for.
Becoming a worthy leader
Just like your company, you must grow with the times, changes, and challenges you face. Your ability to personally adapt to whatever comes your way all hinges on your ability to admit when you don’t have the answer, find the people who do and then empower them to take their knowledge and put it to work for you. Show them your appreciation, often.
Above all, hold yourself to the highest standards and live by them daily. When you lead by example, you will have a happy and highly productive team, and the thought of resigning will be the furthest thing from their mind.
Christan Hiscock is on a personal mission to change the conversation in the business world, moving away from the pursuit of success, to focusing on fulfillment instead. Because if you’re fulfilled, success is a given, but not so much the other way around. He can often be heard saying, “You mean more than you know,” because he believes that as people learn to understand their worth, their fears fade, and amazing feats become reality. He considers this the foundation for all his achievements as the Co-Founder and CEO of Kardia and leader of 14 thriving companies.
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