Employee retention is critical for an organization to succeed. One key element to keeping valued personnel is good leadership.
An article in Entrepreneur states that rarely do employees quit a job because of policy or workspace; far more often, they leave because they have lost faith in senior management. Peter C. Diamond, certified coach and author of Amplify Your Career and Life: 4 Steps to Evaluate, Assess and Move Forward, writes, “Conversely, people will stay at a company or in a job during thick and thin if they respect and believe in their boss.”
Some traits of wonderful leaders include:
- Having a vision for success that is clear, concise, easy to understand, and simple to act upon. “It needs to convey optimism, enthusiasm and aspiration,” writes Diamond. “This is exemplified by what you communicate (verbally and in writing) and your daily actions. People want to understand what they are working toward and how to measure success. They will work hard if they know you have a game plan.”
- As a leader, be aware of your strengths and weaknesses. Accepting that you aren’t perfect will make it easier to admit what you don’t know, writes Diamond. “This will allow others to step forward and add value in their area of expertise. They will appreciate you for the responsibility and recognition.”
For more tips and information, please see Entrepreneur for “Don't Be the Reason People Leave Your Company.”