Nov 6, 2010

How to develop others.

Most organizations expect their executives to be people developers and look upon this ability as a key performance criterion. In fact, they expect them to identify, develop and harvest their direct reports abilities.
Beyond that, organizations expect executives to create a challenging environment and an atmosphere of trust by providing a positive feedback.

This is often an intimidating task for a new executive as they are also on a learning curve. However, it is not as daunting a task if done correctly and with a right attitude. Here are some basic steps you can follow and develop others.
  1. Invest some time and help others plan to improve on their weaknesses or develop their strengths.
  2. Offer accurate and fair assessment based on dispassionate assessment of their strengths and weaknesses.
  3. Provide prompt feedback when they execute challenging tasks.
  4. Suggest training and developing activities that helped you develop yourself.
  5. Provide them with a new perspective on the tasks they routinely execute.
The steps mentioned above are simplistic, but executives’ particular of developing others can gain traction either by expanding on these 5 steps or even adapting them to their business environment.