Many companies have leaders who over manage and under lead. However, successful companies understand how to lead their teams to maximize peak performance. In other words, employees must be challenged to make creative contributions, and foster their abilities to solve problems. How can leaders guide their teams to achieve maximum performance in the workplace?
Maximizing performance requires leaders to align employees based on their strengths. In essence, organizations must have the right people in the right seat. Leaders should take stock of their employees, understanding the talent on their team, and when necessary, reshuffle the deck to maximize talent. Don’t keep someone in a job role just because they’ve been there for a while. If you think they are better suited for another role, reshuffle your deck.
Maximizing performance requires leaders to align employees according to their passion. Another part of getting people in the right seat, is finding out what they are passionate about, and finding ways to let them channel their passion. This may mean putting an employee in a position where they don’t have much experience. Knowing an individual’s work history, coupled with their passion, could be worth creating an opportunity, since passion typically fuels a strong desire for success.
Maximizing performance requires leaders to find a balance between overly challenging and realistic goals. Leaders must understand the “balancing act” when setting goals. In other words, goals must be challenging enough to hold employees accountable, giving them something to strive towards, yet they cannot be so extensive that employees fall behind and feel they cannot achieve them.
Maximizing performance requires leaders to create an environment of trust. One of the best things a leader can do is to let his/her employees know they are trusted to do their jobs. If you don’t trust your employees to perform, they need to be managed up or managed out.
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