When it comes to leading others within an organization, the most effective leadership practice is weekly one-on-one meetings between a leader and their direct reports.
It accelerates performance because the one-on-one is all about the direct report and their needs. Specifically, the leader should ask:
What is going on at work and in life that might impact performance or effectiveness this week;
What activities is the direct report focused o this week;
What obstacles have they run into;
What resources are needed?
When the direct report believes this simple 30 minutes each week is completely dedicated by the leader to focus on their success, the engagement and passion for results is unbelievable.
Additionally, these meetings create trust between the direct report and the leader. When a direct report knows their leader will share information, trust soars.
This is not the time for the leader to micromanage; the focus of the one-on-one is on the direct report and their needs – the leader is the resource, not the solution.
Leaders who empower themselves and their direct reports to hold weekly one-on-one meetings experience much more success.