Many leaders are always frustrated by the lack of growth of their people. They are asking them to change and grow. However, in most of these circumstances the people they are looking at are a mirror image of their leader, which happens to be you.
If you have more than one person on your team that is not growing the way you want them to, producing the way you want to, or even worse you are regularly turning people over, chances are it is you who needs help.
If you are asking your people to grow and develop you need to first start with you. If you do not have a coach, are not going to training, and/or regularly applying new concepts from books you are reading, then you are likely holding the development and growth of your company and its people back.
Here are some of the common things I see executives that I have worked with do that are preventing their people from growing:
Next time you are frustrated by the lack of performance of your people ask yourself this question “What have I done lately to grow and develop as a leader?” If you cannot come up with a long list of things you have done lately, I would start by fixing you before fixing them. Do you have a coach, have you gone to training, have you read a book, and how have you improved recently? If you haven’t then they won’t.
Howard Shore is a business growth expert that works with companies and people that want to maximize their growth potential by improving strategy, enhancing their knowledge, and improving motivation. To learn more about him or his firm please contact Howard Shore at [phone link=”true”] or firstname.lastname@example.org.