How to bring out talent in others

Bringing out the talent and ability in others may not seem important for your own personal career development, but in fact it is very important if you want to embark upon leadership roles. So just how do you bring out others’ talents? It’s not as easy as telling them to step it up; you have to create a culture that brings out the best in your team. Here are some tips on how to do just that:

Trust others.

In order to help foster talent in other people, you have to entrust them with certain roles and responsibilities. Sometimes they may not live up to that trust, but often you will be pleasantly surprised. You just need to have the confidence in your own decision making to trust yourself to give the right amount of responsibility at the right time. If you micromanage and don’t allow others room to grow, they won’t. When it comes to bringing out talents in others, a little faith can go a long way.

Let go of ego.

If you view others’ successes as challenging your own success, you won’t be able to bring out their talents and you won’t be able to maximize your value as a leader. When you’re in a leadership position, try to think of all of your team’s successes as augmenting your own success. That’s what it means to let go of ego – and when it comes to fostering talent, having the willingness to see others succeed is a must.

Recognize positive contributions.

People will be more likely to go above and beyond to make stellar contributions to a team if they know that their successes are being recognized. Acknowledging the helpful contributions of one employee can even help motivate other employees because they will see that contributions are recognized. Praise is a powerful form of positive reinforcement and it creates a strong emotional incentive to continue making positive contributions to a team or company.

Know your employees and team members.

That doesn’t mean just know their names – obviously you should know that if you want them to feel appreciated. You need to actually know a bit about them and how they operate as a person as well. You see, when you get to know the people you are working with on a personal level, you’ll be able to understand what motivates them better – and in turn you’ll be able to do a better job of saying and doing the things the elicit the most productive and creative responses from them.

Can Akdeniz

Can Akdeniz is the author of seven books and founder of Business Hacker, a popular business blog. His books such as Go Nuts, Cool Boss, Happy Company and MBA 2.0 have changed how people think about business, productivity and work.