While the office and the battlefield may not seem to have a lot in common, General MacArthur’s words ring true for any form of leadership. Great accomplishments are rarely the product of one person. For every Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffett, there have been countless teams of trusted colleagues behind them, working hard to ensure their vision comes true. While it’s impossible to predict who’s going to make a great team member, there are many ways to help bring the best out of your employees. One of the easiest ways to do this is by focusing on their strengths.
Getting More Out of Your Best
Gallup conducted a study on employee interaction with leadership and found the following about managers who focused on highlighting employee strengths:
When you consider that engaged employees are less likely to leave their jobs and more likely to put in extra work to help out the company without being asked, it’s clear that this type of management style has serious benefits.
Adopting a Positive Outlook
Even if we know that focusing on strengths is important, the question is how? Follow these suggestions to get on the right track.
If you want to build a team that believes in itself to get the work done and be happy doing it, one of the best tools you have available as a manager is positive reinforcement. Focus on and call out the strengths of your team members, and you can drive employee engagement through the roof.