Hey leaders, do you know what this is a picture of?
You hoarding your talent.
If you’re a great leader you:
- Know the unique strengths and gaps of each of your team members.
- Give those team members development opportunities, even if that means shifting some of their work so they can support something outside your department.
- Regularly talk about and advocate for your high-performing team members with your colleagues.
- Offer your talented team members to other functions, whether it’s for a short-term project or a permanent role, if it’s the best thing for the business and the employee. And even if it will put your function in a bind as you backfill or shift work.
- Support your employees if and when they move to a role outside of the organization. As Higgins on Ted Lasso so wisely put it, “A good mentor hopes you will move on. A great mentor knows you will.”
Your job as a leader is to
- find great talent,
- nurture great talent,
- develop great talent,
- and help that great talent move on to the next opportunity.
If you find, nurture, develop, but hoard, you’re not doing your job.
(This is 𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 a picture of the stash of a small red squirrel on our property. Every day I watch out my office window as it hoards more pine cones for winter. Does it think it’s hiding them? It’s also living in the roof of my office, which is an issue to resolve.)
Hey there, I’m Cynthia. I’m a leadership team whisperer, executive coach, and speaker. I guide leadership teams in high-growth companies to achieve rapid growth in a healthy, sustainable way. I coach senior leaders to discover the path to lead with ease.