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Always Be Looking For Ways To Develop Direct Reports

Most leaders are familiar with the Chinese proverb: "Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.” A leader should be challenging their direct reports to be always growing.

One easy way for leaders to develop their direct reports is to empower them to chair the team's weekly staff meetings. This popular empowerment technique achieves many purposes. First, it develops direct reports to run effective meetings. Secondly, it saves the leader time, as they are no longer responsible for meeting preparation and follow-up. Finally, leaders become more productive in the meetings as they are more focused on the content and less on the process.

Leaders who empower and encourage their direct reports to always be growing will experience more success.


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