Everyone enjoys the occasional bright spot on a Monday. Here was something that made the start of my work week just a little bit easier, and I wanted to share it with you. I ran across this great article from John C. Maxwell that was posted on the Web site of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. In it, Maxwell discusses the way that leaders can empower their workers, even during times of economic strain. The article goes on to offer five suggestions for leaders to create training opportunities without breaking the bank.
However, I was more impressed with Maxwell’s statement about the responsibility of leaders to develop their employees. He writes, “Access to the right relationships, resources, and opportunities can make a world of difference in their development. As a leader, it’s your duty to enrich and empower your people by fully equipping them to excel on the job.” As Maxwell notes, economic limitations mean that employers have to be more creative about the ways in which they enable the bulk of their workforce to improve itself on the job.
There is one additional benefit of ensuring that employers encourage workers to improve their development. It helps prevent talent drain during transitional periods or times of succession. While I’m not equipped with any statistical evidence, it stands to reason that companies that provide opportunities for employees to grow have better retention rates.
Learning should be a constant pursuit at all levels of an organization. That’s why Soundview Executive Book Summaries are a perfect tool for cost-efficient, time-saving learning. If you enjoyed Maxwell’s column, you should look into Soundview’s summary of his book The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader. It contains some more great insights from this leadership expert.