Possibly the Most Valuable Attribute of Leadership

Almost every company has a mission statement, inspirational quote, or paragraph in its employee handbook that says something along the lines of talent and that its employees are their greatest asset.

Except how many organizations believe it to be true?

People may write those words with good intentions, but don’t live by the words they wrote.

Study after study reveals that a majority of people quit their job due to a bad boss.

It’s a simple law of attraction, great people want to work at great places.

Companies that create a great work environment will have an easier time attracting talent.

Companies that have a poor work environment will have a harder time retaining talent.

When bosses lead with intimidation, people are certainly not inspired to do great work. Nobody want to be micromanaged. Managing by fear creates a culture where employees resent the company.

Too much control in any organization is just as bad as not enough control.

Although there are some things that businesses have to measure, there are those that they don’t but do anyways. Poor managers obsess over policies, schedules, budgets, and ranks. A majority of organizations would be faster, healthier and more profitable if they let go of half the measurement they're doing now.

The best organizations have leaders, not bosses.

Leaders are people oriented. They make time for communicating, mentoring, and coaching their employees. Knocking on the door to get clarification or guidance is not seen as an interruption, but as the core of their job.

Leaders give their people challenging and interesting work and trust them to get it done.

They inspire others – leading by example with their work ethic, integrity, and by respecting both employees and customers.

Nobody likes a know-it-all or someone who can do no wrong. Poor managers kill any creative spark that shows itself because those are things that can’t be controlled.

Nothing makes someone’s self-worth decline faster than taking away their voice and ability to feel like they're a part of the group.

Attracting and retaining top talent is vital to any organization’s success.

The ability to find and keep talent is possibly the most valuable of all leadership attributes.

An organization is only as successful as their employees are.