Our reader poll today asks: If you could only invest in helping your people build one skill this year, what would it be?
- Leadership skills 23.38%
- Resilience skills 23.38%
- Interpersonal skills 28.92%
- Technical skills 11.32%
- Management skills 8.43%
- Something else 4.57%
Getting along, getting through, and getting ahead. The results are pretty clear in terms of where leaders believe their teams need help. Getting along with one another requires better interpersonal skills, Remote and blended environments during stressful times can make it challenging to get along. Speaking of challenging times, resilience is seen as an almost equally-critical skill to build. We can only handle so much stress before health and performance suffer. Finally, helping people be better leaders is a third area of focus. Leading well during ambiguous and challenging times can set that individual’s and their organization’s performance apart from others. Knowing these areas require investment, your job as a leader is to make the space and resources available to help your people build these skills. This can be in the form of training, coaching, on-the-job assignments, and mentoring. Spend some time putting together your plan for how you’ll create these opportunities for your team then share that plan with them. Sharing creates accountability and increases the likelihood you’ll follow through on your committed investments.
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These results were originally a SmartPulse poll in SmartBrief on Leadership which tracks feedback from more than 240,000 business leaders. Get smarter on leadership and sign up for the SmartBrief on Leadership e-newsletter.