Want to be one of those top performing companies? Here’s what you can do as a leader to make a difference.
Put your own mask on first. Your team watches everything you do. They pay attention to what you care about and what you don’t. If you’re not bringing that ambitious, collaborative, high energy, optimistic tone to the office every day, your team has little chance of being self-motivated for very long.
Darwin had a point. Nature (and business) is all about survival of the fittest. Parents of animals decide which of their offspring to feed and nurture so the species can continue to thrive. You can’t help everyone. Find the 20% of your team who has a chance and put all of your energy into deepening their engagement. They will become a natural extension of your leadership style and set the example for others to follow.
One bad apple does spoil the barrel. It’s one thing to be passively disinterested. It’s a completely different situation when you have team members who are purposefully disruptive and disengaged. The toxicity this introduces into the team culture is nearly impossible to recover from. A strong leader needs to manage these team members “up or out” very quickly.