There is no doubt that strong and effective leadership focuses their efforts on inspiring employees to be genuinely engaged and deeply motivated at work.
By continually improving workplace culture and planting the seeds for ongoing professional growth, great leaders are able to retain talented individuals. Doing so, without question, helps to promote the health and success of their organization. But this is so much easier said than done.
I was recently speaking to a person who leads a small organization. This leader is relatively new to the organization, but has doubled down on their efforts to better understand how to create a more vibrant workplace culture for their people.
This person has also acknowledged that because their organization is relatively small, it is oftentimes seen, by the employees, as a stepping stone to bigger, more established places of employment.
The fact that they often lose employees after only a year or two makes it very challenging to take their organization to the next level.
In knowing this, they have fully committed themselves to building the very best environment possible for professional learning and growth.
They want to be able to proudly say:
"Although we are a small organization, we are going to offer our employees an amazing professional learning environment that will allow them to thrive and flourish while employed here.
Our hope is that by providing this type of professional learning environment, our employees will not only deepen their own skillset, but if we get it right, they may choose to stay put rather than move on to other organizations."
This leader understands that it's their responsibility to do whatever it takes to create this type of culture and they are willing to invest the needed time and energy into making it happen.
Great leaders know what is within their own internal locus of control and what is not. And they are always willing to be courageously bold in their efforts to lead their organizations in authentic and sustainable ways.
These types of leaders create a lasting impact on their organizations which is evidenced by higher rates of staff retention. Although some employees may still move on, they will more than likely leave feeling as though they contributed something special to the organization and will have very positive things to say to others about their time there.
There is nothing more powerful for future recruiting than this.
If you are a leader reading this, how do you ensure that you are continually planting the seeds for professional fulfillment within your organization.
Thanks for reading.
KAUST Faculty, Pedagogical Coach. Presenter & Workshop Leader.IB Educator. #RunYourLife podcast host.