“Truly great leaders make time to provoke greatness in their teams.” — Misti Burmeister
There’s never enough time to be as patient or persistent with our teams as we need to be. We’re simply too busy dealing with the crisis of the moment to focus on developing their interpersonal skills or helping them achieve success in their careers and lives.
There’s entirely too much urgency in our work; there are e-mails to answer, projects to spearhead, numbers to reach, bosses to keep happy, and customers to nurture. Finding an hour each year for an annual performance review is considered a big deal.
It’s hard to stop the doing long enough to get clear about what all this busy-ness is for, to consider how it’s affecting our team, to discover what really matters to them, and to give them the feedback they need to achieve success.
So, we say we’ll invest in them … eventually. Yet, we want them to achieve results … now!
As leaders, we are busy people. But our most important job is to provoke greatness in our teams. Those of us who get around all the excuses for creating meaningful connections and find time to mentor, coach and develop their employees are the ones who enjoy leadership, keep their people engaged, and reach greater levels of long-term success.
Here are three simple ways to start bringing out the best in your team:
- Know their goals – both personal and professional. Very few leaders set their own goals, much less keep track of what their team members want to achieve.
- Instigate greatness. We all want to do great things. Sometimes we just need a little push – someone to say, “Go do it!” Years ago, a client told me, “Misti, go write the book!” When I said I didn’t write books, he responded, “You have one year to write it.” One year later, I was a published author with a bestselling book. Look for the natural talents in your employees, and insist they develop their strengths.
- Support their efforts. Every Sunday, take a few minutes to think about how you can support them in achieving headway on at least one goal.
There’s never enough time to do all the things we want to do. But truly great leaders make time to provoke greatness in their teams.
Keeping it simple,
Misti Burmeister, best-selling author of From Boomers to Bloggers: Success Strategies Across Generations, Hidden Heroes and Power Suck.