What makes a leader effective?
Effective leaders have “the ability to influence and guide others toward a shared goal”. They are adept at conflict resolution, problem-solving, prioritization, and communication. In addition, effective leaders master the art of managing talent and deploying resources based on the organization’s needs. Many factors influence leadership effectiveness — talent management is vital.
“Talent management is the attraction, selection, and retention of employees, which involves a combination of HR processes across the employee life cycle. It encompasses workforce planning, employee engagement, learning and development, performance management, recruiting, onboarding, succession, and retention.” — Gartner
Assess talent strategically
- continuously recruit talent
- constantly evaluate roles
- understand where individuals fit based on their expertise and talents
Understand your value/role
- understand the value you bring to the work done by others (how you leverage yourself)
- maximize employee’s strengths
Work closely with your HRBP
- prioritize leadership development as part of your upskilling strategy
Trust is the basis of the relationship between a leader and followers. Leaders earn trust by believing in their follower’s abilities, working to make them successful, and having the goal of their growth above their success.
You can’t expect to unlock all the potential within your talent pool overnight. Dozens of factors impact whether or not an employee struggles or thrives in your company. But training your high-potential leaders to take a more strategic and holistic approach to talent management is the best way to affect meaningful change quickly.