According to a recent CareerBuilder.com poll, 84% percent of ALL employees surveyed are looking to leave their current jobs. It is no wonder why employers are scared. They should treat employees better.
Silent Leadership occurs without what we traditionally call a Position or “Positional Power”. It occurs most effectively by those who can determine what interests someone else and can balance their interests with the mission of the organization(s). To exclude one or the other will not work long term. The minute the person with the Positional Power has their back turned everyone will revert back to their previous behavior and habits.
Every employee is either helping your organization succeed or fail. Every employee can either produce, making the company grow or thrive or simply survive and eventually die. Without advancing forward you are merely in a waiting game until someone bigger and better begins to steal your thunder. Someone else will make the same product or service better and cheaper or they will provide something you don’t. Maybe something, that had you been paying close attention and your staff been in tune would have seen coming and maybe implemented before your competitor did. You cannot mandate High Performance. You must inspire and foster it daily. We have often heard the phrase “We must Do More With Less”. This is very true, and will always be the case no matter what the economic climate. But the doing more is not simply quantity it is in fact also quality. You must always be making better widgets. If you don’t someone else will and where will your company be then.
Managers must serve for the benefit of their employees. Sometimes we get that message backwards. We think we only serve the executives. In fact, we serve employees because they are ultimately the ones who will decide if the organization will succeed or fail. Why did you become a manager? If you became a manager so you could boss people around, you will fail. It doesn’t work, never has, and never will. If you became a manager to make things better for those you work with, then you are on the right track. Now you will become the most effective if you keep this in mind.
Don’t throw Education, Motivation and Training at employees until you add the adhesive that will make it stick – “The Desired Culture”. Are you the employer that thinks you can stick people in a room with a motivational speaker until they get motivated. Do you show them videos and send them newsletters promoting motivation in the work place? And do you do all of this in vein because you failed to determine what the real needs of your employees are?