Do you know one of the biggest complaints I hear when traveling around the country to speak and consult?
“There’s not enough talent.”
Excuse me, what? The talent pool is actually stock FULL with amazing people, and you can bet your bottom dollar it’ll be even fuller after this crisis situation gets under control.
While I’m at it, here’s another truth bomb for you:
The issue isn’t a lack of talent, it’s a lack of LEADERSHIP.
Yup, you read that right. You can read it again if you want. (Warning: Stinging may occur.)
See, the thing isn’t whether the talent is out there, it’s whether or not they want to come (or come back) to you as a leader.
So, it’s time to look inward. How are you doing as a leader?
Ask yourself a few questions:
How’s your team’s health - their relationships, their happiness, their overall satisfaction?
How do you communicate with active and furloughed teammates, and how often?
How transparent are you, really?
What value and education do you offer your team?
Are you a capable leader, even through tough times?
Now’s not the time to check-out. It’s not the time to retreat. It is, however, the time to revisit your business’s values, mission, and vision. It is time to adapt and dig deep for opportunities. It is time to unite as a team, get leaner, and find ways to become more efficient.
See, if you’re a great leader, your team will do whatever they can to stick it out and support you. They’ll fight. They’ll want to overcome together. They’ll root for you. They’ll look to you to see how they should respond. But, if you’re not a great leader, this is their chance to go elsewhere - and trust me - they see this window of opportunity just as clearly as I do.
The thing is, talented people will always have opportunities. They’ll always have choices. They’ll always be in demand. The environment of their workplace and, more importantly, their leader, MATTERS.
So, elevate your leadership game. Not just for your team, but for your business, yourself, your family, and your future.
Be honest and transparent.
Be direct and don’t sugarcoat.
Be positive and realistic.
Manage your emotions and be decisive.
Move and take action.
Address the group and invest in one-on-ones.
Be empathetic and understanding.
Lead with intention and purpose.
Have a heart.
Practice daily mindfulness.
As leaders, there’s never been a more critical time in our lifetimes to lead. And it’s an incredible opportunity. Step up to the challenge.
If you’re ready to take the next step, reach out for a free consultation.