Leg 1: Investing

Lesson 3: Topic 10 of 19

Leg 1: The servant leader seeks to see others develop.

Greenleaf repeatedly warned about “people-using” institutions, ones which use manipulative techniques to get employees to perform. He encouraged leaders to instead create “people-building” institutions that infuse meaning and significance into the work. When it’s a good fit for both sides, you’ll know it! 

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Again, from Greenleaf,  “if one is to preside over a successful business, one’s major talent will need to evolve from being the chief into the chief builder of the team.” An excellent way to do this on a regular basis is found in the book So Many Leaders … So Little Leadership:

While giving a great staff member their performance review, one question to ask is, “Is there anything new you would like to learn in addition to your regular job? Maybe even in another department?” Sometimes the employee will lead themselves into new responsibilities in the facility, just because they find another task more fulfilling, by using their natural talents. Encourage thoughtful curiosity! Assist each one in finding their niche, and don’t force your employees to be locked into “job description prison” for a life sentence! Once you help employees into their natural role, you will find their productivity and the culture of your company improving.

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Hiring managers, remember that your job was never to infuse people with talent. Your job is to match people’s talent to the right role. 

Even so, as alluded to in the previous section on Onboarding and Retention, there are employees that are simply not right for your organization. This is usually due to the fact that their personal goals do not line up with the corporate goals. Perhaps they’re just there to collect a paycheck, without any interest in or excitement about the company’s mission or vision. Whatever the case, they aren’t 100% present. In this case, it’s not wrong to invite them to consider other opportunities elsewhere. You might even be ultimately doing them a favor! They may find a more fulfilling role elsewhere away from your organization.