How should a leader nurture ambitions of star performers?
A leader should persistently communicate the organisation’s vision to all employees, reward them for improving performance, and empower them to take actions that were consistent with the vision.business Updated: Jul 18, 2012 21:00 IST
Anil Gupta, CMD, KEI Industries Ltd
A leader should persistently communicate the organisation’s vision to all employees, reward them for improving performance, and empower them to take actions that were consistent with the vision.
To be effective, a leader must ensure that steady job enrichment of the star performers is happening simultaneously. It is crucial in order to meet with the new challenges that get added to their existing portfolio. Another focus area is job enlargement which strengthens the capabilities to undertake new responsibilities. These two points are important for star performers because it may not be possible for the organisation to provide great increments and career advancements every year.
Managing performance is all about partnership and motivation between the leader and his team.
Nitin Gupta CEO, Attero Recycling
In a rapidly changing economic and social environment, the biggest challenge facing leaders is their ability to have a vision which is relevant to the organisational goals along with the ever changing market dynamics. The other challenge faced by leaders is to balance ambitions of star performers while maintaining the focus on the larger goal of the team.
A leader, therefore, has to be conscious of the presence of star performers, who would have higher aspirations and would be progressing faster than the rest of the team members. He has to ensure a different career path for them. Clearly, a one size fits all approach does not work.
The leader has to ensure that the plan or the career progression is communicated to the fast tracker so that the person is aware of the growth plan.