3 Ways to Help Your Employees Hone Their Leadership Skills

Leader talking to group of employees

Over the past two days, we’ve discussed the importance of hiring potential leaders and ways you can manage them in order to ensure they are working efficiently.

But tapping into their leadership skills requires more than just hiring them and managing them. You need to make sure you are doing your best to help them hone in on those skills, allowing them the opportunity to improve themselves every chance they get.

To set you off in the right direction, we are going to go over a few ways you can help your employees hone their leadership skills. Take a look below:

  • Allow them to think outside of the box. Leadership and creativity go hand in hand, so it only makes sense that you allow your employees to push the boundaries when it comes to the projects they’re working on. If an employee sees an alternative on how to approach a project, don’t shut them down.

    At least take a moment to review the approach in order to see if they’ve actually found a more efficient way at tackling a problem or project. In turn, you end up saving your company some time and money with this newfound approach, and your employees get the opportunity to be more creative. 

  • Give them the bigger picture. The “your job is to do one thing, and one thing only” mentality is a no-no when it comes to tapping into potential leaders. Employees, especially the potential leaders, need to understand the impact they’ll down the road with the work they’re doing.

    We’re not saying you need to reveal every single detail about the company, but giving your employees insight into how they contribute to the bigger goals is an important part of honing their leadership skills because it gives them more depth on issues and pushes them to think big.

  • Don’t coach them, challenge them. As INC contributor, Tom Searcy, points out, “leaders like coaching when they ask for it. Followers like coaching all the time.”  Providing challenges to your employees who show the potential to lead is a great way to hone their leadership skills.

    It also has many benefits for you as an employer: it reduces boredom in the workplace, which helps fight against turnover rates of top talent, allows your company to progress with the bigger and more challenging projects, and maximizes the qualities/characteristics you saw in your employees when you hired them.

Tomorrow, we’ll round off our posts on leadership skills by giving employees a few tips on how they can effectively improve themselves. In the meantime, what do you do as an employer to help your employees hone their leadership skills? Let us know by connecting with us on Facebook or Twitter!

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