Developing your employees

Developing your employees is part of your role as a leader. You play a critical part in the development of your employees.

Secretly or overtly your staff really want to be able to share their interests, skills and abilities, ideas, and plans.

It is important to properly communicate with your employees throughout the year. Continuous feedback is critical in managing expectations. You should be providing goals and assessing their progress routinely.

The quarterly and yearly reviews shouldn't surprise the employee or yourself if you have been providing feedback in a routine manner.

YOU are helping develop the employee. It is important to understand that you are helping the employee to grow and develop your staff. You help provide direction in alignment with your company's goals and values and allow them to succeed.

This journey is requires give and take but allows you both grow as well.

A leader and their staff form a partnership of sorts. You are both trying to do the best for the company and for yourselves. With those aligned goals, there is immense opportunity for growth if you work together.

This requires honest and candid feedback on their performance. You need to identify both personal and organization barriers that are preventing increased performance and help remove them.

Conduct a gap analysis

Where are they now and where do they want to be


Prioritize the gaps you have identified

Talk about the career aspirations

Your conversations should focus on a few key points

Career Development Plan

Help coach the employees creating of their development plan

Approve their plan and find funding for it if necessary

Create opportunities for development

Follow up to ensure success