Posted by: Christine Donovan | January 5, 2010

The Number 2 New Year’s Resolution for Leaders

Continuing with the Top Ten New Year’s Resolutions for Leaders, I’d like to share #2:

2.  Promise yourself that no matter how many priorities and  “emergencies” may get in your way, you will not sacrifice spending individual time with your team members.

Plan casual time with employees; drop by their work areas, ask them about their families, get to know them as people, learn what they cherish and what they fear.  The better you know them, the better you can support and discover what motivates them (or demotivates them).  The best leaders know that people are INDIVIDUALS, and are as unique as their fingerprints.  And the only way you can unravel the mystery of their personalities is to spend time with them. 

The time you invest now will reap benefits in productivity and morale, and you may also find that they “have your back” when things get tough.

Come back tomorrow for New Year’s Resolution No. 3 “Put a control structure in place.”

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