Leaders, Top Talent Succeed With This
by Kate Nasser |
A Story of Leadership Hope and Top Talent
A company was courting a former coaching client of mine away from the company where she was working. I was not surprised since she is a high achieving team player with a broad skill base and an incredible can-do attitude.
She fits the quintessential definition of top talent and networks even though she has a good job. In fact, it was through networking that she met the leader at the hiring company who wanted her to join his team. Sounds great yes? Think this play will have a long run? Let’s look behind the curtain.
As she described the opportunity to me, I understood her mixed feelings. Here’s what the leader told her:
My team needs a high achiever as a role model. They have good skills yet are not a high performing team. I think bringing you on as a team member will inspire them to higher performance. There’s a recently vacated position perfect for you. I don’t want to highlight what I hope you will do for the team. It might create hurt feelings or resistance. Just come on board, be your high performing self, and let’s watch the team improve.
She was intrigued by the idea of uplifting a team. Yet she was uncomfortable with his desire to keep his purpose hidden. He seemed to overlook his role in developing a team of top talent.
Top Talent Succeeds With …
- Transparency and clarity. Clear vision, issues on the table, and honest communication. What will the leader do if the team members complain about the top talent he has brought in instead of bringing his hope to reality? His conflicted goals of no conflict and top performance made her wary of the opportunity.
- Leaders Who Nourish the Soil. Top talent expect leaders to enrich the field with the big picture, nourish the path with an active energetic vision, and even address the toughest weeds to pave the way for success. She felt this leader was hopeful yet barren – a lazy dreamer. She had worked on various high performance teams and the leader’s contribution was ever present yet never intrusive.
- Learning. In a learning culture, top talent enjoy an endless stream of energy that pulses success. The leader who is unwilling to learn and unwilling to stretch others to learn robs top talent of the very energy they both crave and need. She felt that this leader wanted to hide safely behind his hope instead of fueling learning and success.
There is an old saying, be careful what you wish for — you might just get it. Your company, like most, wants top talent. Have you as leaders readied yourselves for what top talent expect and truly need from you?
What would you add to the above list? Let’s talk soon and nourish the soil in which top talent will plant success in your organization.
From my professional experience to your success,
Kate Nasser, The People-Skills Coach™
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