The most important responsibility a leader has is to improve the performance of their team and keep them motivated. Strong leaders know how to energize and empower people. They know how to help others be their best. Performance leadership aligns leadership behavior, strategy, and results to improve the performance of teams and individuals. Here are four undeniable reasons to love performance leadership and the impact it can have on your team.
1. Employees Get Better Feedback
Performance leadership is important because it gives managers the chance to teach leadership skills through their own dynamic leadership. These skills are some of the most challenging to foster in employees. Most people aren’t born as natural leaders, so it takes practice to develop. Performance leadership allows managers to give better feedback along the way. Without quality feedback, employees may not know what works and doesn’t work, so they have no way of knowing what they need to improve. Employees also obtain more accurate assessments of their performance by managers who integrate these strategies.
2. Employees Don’t See Their Potential as Well as Someone Else Might
Employees don’t always see their own potential. Good leaders provide a valuable reflection to their employees. Great leaders are able to also see the hidden potential in others. The reality is that most people underestimate what they can do. Held back by self-doubt or misperceptions about their skills, many professionals are not reaching their full potential. Performance leadership helps your team be the best versions of themselves and inspire others around them to also be their best selves.
3. Nobody’s Perfect Out of the Gate
Practice makes perfect, and this applies to your team as well. Even the brightest talent has room for improvement when they start in their position. They’re in a new environment and have to learn as they go. Effective leadership improves communication, team building, and other skills that they need to perform at a high level. While nobody’s perfect, with the right guidance your team can achieve great things.
4. We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know
All professionals have strengths and weaknesses yet, effective leadership allows the team to explore and innovate, even if it means they fail. Failure is a valuable opportunity to learn, and good leadership makes room for that. Performance leadership builds leaders from within through active listening, guiding, and giving competent people the room they need to succeed.
Strong leadership is essential for maintaining a high-performing team. Performance leadership gives companies the tools they need to empower, energize, and inspire their team so they live up to their full potential.
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