The Four elements to a Great Leader – the 4 L’s

The hiring process is a good opportunity to reflect and plan – not just for the role that you are trying to fill, but for how you lead & manage people; and how you build a robust team, ultimately delivering your business goals over the short and long term.
Staffing can represent a significant investment in financial resources and time. Mondo have developed the following Leadership Tips that we hope you may find valuable.
We hope these tips will be useful to you and invite you to share it.
A good approach to Talent Management is to think in four stages:

Stage 1: Looking for Talent

– Develop a written recruitment strategy – it will help ensure your interviewing and assessment delivers the candidate you are after.
– Benchmark all candidates – internal and external.
– Prepare well for interviews.
– Always complete reference checks – be forensic. Ask only for previous managers.
– Have a well structured induction program for new hires.

Stage 2: Leading Talent
– Ensure everyone knows your purpose and strategy
– Agree with each of your employees on a job description and KPIs from the very start
– Have regular reviews around the job description and KPIs
– Identify Mentors who excel at Leadership for your key people
– Make hard decisions. Hire slow and fire fast – set them free.
– Frequently and consistently recognise achievement.
– Empower Others – give them the autonomy and authority to decide how the work gets done.
– Provide regular meaningful learning & training opportunities

Stage 3: Locking in Talent
– Ensure everyone knows your purpose, values, vision and strategy
– Recruit well in the first place
– Listen to your people. Walk next to them and push them harder than they think they can go.
– Have regular reviews around the job description and KPIs
– Establish trust – demonstrate you care, communicating regularly and openly and provide forums for feedback. Look at the best way to share both positive and negative feedback. Never use email for negative feedback! Some people prefer public praise, others prefer one on one time with you as the leader.
– Provide social opportunities to encourage top performance often

Stage 4: Long Term Planning
– Develop a long term talent strategy – review it every year.
– Build a talent pipeline of good people you want to attract to your business
– Identify coaches and mentors to align with your people
– Aim to be an employer of choice. Develop an EVP ( Employee Value Proposition – why is it good to work in your workplace?)
– Foster the law of reciprocity in the workplace – helping others releases positive hormones.
– Provide meaningful stretch training opportunities – help staff future proof their career
– Look at long term remuneration incentives and “ hand cuffs”. Examine the motivators for your team in the workplace – workplace offerings, promotions and job challenge; Incentives ( cash and non cash), workplace learnings and Wow leadership.