Great teams, the ones that work really well and function at a high level, are those that feel they “own” their role and have the power to develop it over time. No one likes to feel like they are stuck in a rut and going nowhere. So giving your team the power to evolve will be crucial. What steps can you take to make this happen?
Use the appraisal to understand their personal and professional goals. By really understanding your team you can build on their strengths and aspirations and see how they can be used to the benefit of your organisation. Nurturing the talent around you will keep them in the business so it’s really important that you know where those individuals want to go.
Once you understand their goals and aspirations, use the 121 time to challenge your team members to ensure they keep those goals in mind and keep developing. Provide them with new opportunities or projects to keep them interested.
Where possible you need to identify where the next career step is for each individual and then help them move towards that step with increased responsibility or involvement in different projects. But you also need to be identifying where the lower levels are to fill the gaps you’re naturally creating. Is there an underutilised resource somewhere else in your business or are you going to need to recruit at some stage to fill the gap – think about the job description and responsibilities now so that your team as a whole can move forward and develop.
The only thing that is constant is change but how you adapt and you help your team adapt so they can grow and develop will make you a better leader.