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Support Direct Reports’ Development

2. May 2016 13:11

Support Direct Reports’ Development

Cyndi Gave, President : The Metiss Group

For most, a new beginning brings on a renewed commitment to personal development and self-improvement.

Leaders should constantly be encouraging their direct reports to continually pursue personal and professional development (this should be covered during each quarterly review).  Based on this encouragement, chances are direct reports have personal and/or professional development goals in mind.

When leaders are presented with their direct report's development goal, their job is to help identify resources, provide encouragement, and hold them accountable (then get out of the way).  The resources a leader provides can be financial (reimbursement for expenses), contacts (people the leader knows who can help), or their experiences (how they developed in a particular area).  Leaders are not responsible for the development, just making sure their direct reports have what they need to achieve their goals.

Leaders who empower their direct reports to develop by assisting with resources, cheering them on, and following up on progress experience more success.

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