The job world fifty years ago- no, twenty years ago even – was made of hard lines. You were the boss, people reported to you. As the boss, you were virtually untouchable. However, a lot has changed in the past twenty years. The Silicon Valley is a shining example of this change. Companies find themselves in a talent war. There are so many companies that want the best and the brightest. But by virtue of being the best and the brightest many of these young new hires know they have room to negotiate. A key question now is: How do I hold onto the new talent of my company, when every other startup in the valley is just a little more attractive to new talent?
The pressure on companies today to make a good impression and keep that impression on their new employees is only increasing.
As a leader, you are never going to have a deep relationship with every single person in the company. It’s just not realistic. But here is what you can do — you can create rock-solid relationships with your direct reports. Your team. And to insist they do the same with their people.
You will be in a position to influence hundreds, if not thousands of people throughout your career, and it all starts with your team. I have introduced challenges before of improving team dynamics.
The challenge: evaluate each relationship you have at work, and find which ones need more or less investment.
This will be instrumental to you as a leader. You rarely have to worry about what’s happening ten levels down when one level away is rock-solid. The positive ripple effect is a real thing and with your example as a leader, it can perpetuate down the ranks.