Upgrading Talent to Win

Upgrading Talent to Win

The best leaders relentlessly upgrade their people. Upgrading does not always means getting rid of the bottom 10%. Most often, it means proactively and systematically helping others realize their full potential. Because the coach who fields the best team usually wins, leaders must invest the majority of their time and energy doing the following:

1 – Building Self-Confidence. Leaders must provide caring, encouragement and recognition to others. The more specific the praise, the better. Self-confidence comes from continually taking small, incremental steps forward.

2 – Coaching. Leaders must help people improve their performance. Leaders have an obligation to let people know what they are doing well and where they can improve. Candor and transparency are a must.

3 – Evaluating. Leaders must ensure the right people are in the right positions. If leaders are going to build the best organizations and teams, they must continually evaluate their people. Strong values, results and culture matter.

As an individual, success is about you, your performance. As a leader, success is about other people, helping them win. Leaders are in the people business – selecting, evaluating and dealing with people. Great people are a leader’s “product.” Every encounter is an opportunity to evaluate, coach and build self-confidence in others.

All contents copyright © 2014, Josh Lowry. All rights reserved.

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