According to a CareerBuilder Survey, the majority of employees do not want to be managers or leaders. The survey that studied over 3,600 employees found that only 40% of men and 29% of women aspired to leadership roles. Employees cited satisfaction in their current roles (52%) as the primary reason for denying leadership roles. Unwillingness to sacrifice work-life balance (34%) was the second significant reason. So, what to do if your employees do not want to be leaders? In this article at Fast Company, Isidora Prohaska-Zapier explains how to develop other career opportunities for employees if they believe leadership is not for them.
Steps to Take
Do Not Set Expectations
Allow employees to step into their decision and be honest with the management. Provide an opportunity for your employees to talk about the future that involves leveraging their strengths. “Just because someone does not fit the mold you have created, it does not mean they are going to be any less successful,” says Prohaska-Zapier. Therefore, regularly meet your employees and discuss their career development plans.
Provide Growth Opportunities
An individual contributor’s career growth need not be stagnant. Allow them to manage projects from start to finish. If managing the project does not spark their interest, expose them to other business areas to contribute. This helps them expand their skill set and knowledge. Additionally, reward their efforts. Ensure their pay and title reflect the responsibilities they take up. Remember, growth is not merely about leading people. It is about skillsets, title, salary, and responsibilities.
Acknowledge Their Contribution
Make sure your contributors are heard. Often, leaders see the bigger picture and create strategies. It is the individual contributors that understand the nuances within a process.
As an employee, if a leadership role is not for you, take the bold step to remain in or recreate a position where you can be an integral part of the team. Enjoying what you do and being an expert at your job role means you are taking control of your career. To read the original article, click on https://www.fastcompany.com/90647861/dont-want-to-be-a-leader-heres-how-to-develop-other-career-opportunities?.
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