As I sat, waiting for my friend to finish her 10-minute brain dump, I made notes of all her key issues working for her current employer:
Nothing she said I hadn’t heard before from others who came to me for advice about their professional career choices. After she got it all out on the table, I asked her what she liked about where she worked.
“My boss is amazing – a true leader. She encourages me, gives me learning opportunities, and has realistic but lofty expectations of my work.”
Her answer came as no surprise to me because I knew her boss. And I knew the business wasn’t currently in position to give raises, work shorter hours, or create layers of management. Even through the business’s tough times, her boss lived out John Quincy Adams definition of leadership:
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, become more, you are leader.”
Adams definition provides a framework for living out great leadership and a simple question you can look in the mirror and should be able to answer: “Am I helping my people grow?”
When times are tough in business, it’s great leadership that holds all the pieces together. Yes, my friend was concerned because she wasn’t pleased with some aspects of her job, but she ended up staying at the company because of her leader. Managers are a dime a dozen, but if you’re able to work with a leader who helps you grow, that’s something special.
Here are 5 ways you can help people grow both professionally and personally:
By putting these 5 concepts into practice, you will be able the answer the question, “Am I helping grow my people?” with an emphatic, “YES”. You have more employees remain loyal, but you will find fulfillment by leading for others.
John is the CEO of LearnLoft, author of, F.M.L. Standing Out & Being a Leader and host of the 'Follow My Lead' Podcast. He writes or has been featured on Inc.com, LinkedIn Pulse, TrainingIndustry.com, eLearningIndustry.com, CNBC Money, and more. John completed his education at the University of Maryland College.