One of the major responsibilities of a great leader is to hire and retain great employees to join his or her organization. It is not an easy task to accomplish. Great leaders know that in order to attract and retain the best employees out there, they MUST be the best. They understand that the best job candidate wants to work for the best organization. They don’t want to be part of any average organization- an organization where things are poorly managed.
As the late Steve Jobs put it, “Recruiting is hard. It’s just finding the needles in the haystack. You can’t know enough in one hour interview.” No one succeeds alone. Without great and dedicated employees, a leader is in trouble. A leader’s success depends on his people. If they perform well, a leader will do well. If they are terrible, a leader will fail.
So, let see how great leaders attract and keep the best.
Great leaders give their people reasons to come to work. Nothing motivates people more than a true sense of purpose. When people know that they are part of something bigger than them, they will bring their best to work. Robert Byrne said, “The purpose of life is a life purpose.”
They trust their boss. People will go the extra mile for their boss and the organization to succeed when their is trust. According management experts, “Trust is the glue that holds people together.” Without trust, nothing will work for the leader and the organization. Mohatma Gandhi once said, “The moment there is suspicion about a person’s motives, everything he does becomes tainted.” Booker T. Washington also said: “Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon them and to let them know that you trust them.”
They are highly respected by their boss. We are human beings. We want to be respected. We don’t want to be treated like trash. When employees feel respected by their boss, they will do anything to help their boss succeed. On the contrary, if they feel disrespected by their boss, they will do everything in their power to destroy the reputation of their boss. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe said, “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them become what they are capable of being.” People want to be respected, not disrespected.
They understand the mission, vision, values, of the organization. Employees prefer to work for a company where their values are not in conflict with the organization’s values. In order to succeed in an organization, both personal and organizational values MUST match. If not, employees will always be in conflict with the organization. Ken Blanchard said, “The greatest leaders mobilize others by coalescing people around a shared vision.”
They have positive relationships with their boss and their co-workers. No one succeeds alone. You need great relationships to succeed. When people are happy with their colleagues at work, it spreads throughout the organization, which is a good thing for the organization, and the health and well-being of employees. John Maxwell, leadership guru, said, “A big man is one who makes us feel bigger when we are with him.”
They work in a positive environment. Everyone wants to work in a positive environment. In a positive environment, people and the leaders are treated with respect and dignity. According to Pearl S. Buck, “To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth.”
Great leaders attract and retain the best by focusing on the little things that make people happy.