One of the core competencies you, as a good leader, must possess is the ability to connect with your team on a personal level. To do so, you must first examine yourself and your own values. What values drive the work you do? How do they relate to your team? Once you’ve given that some thought you need to look at how you connect team members.
A simple hello in the morning and weekly meetings are usually not enough. You need to examine what your individual team member’s value- what is motivating them to give you their best work. Is it their family? Their desire to move up in the organization? Their hope of recognition? Once you determine what that is and make a human connection with your direct reports, you’re much more apt to get their best work.
Watch this clip from our Leading Collaborative Teams course to hear Kate Walsh, Interim Dean at Cornell University, explain more about this topic:
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