Let’s start very simply. Whether you are working with an employee, business owner, shareholder, supplier, or client, they are all human beings. They all have this in common, regardless of their financial status or experience. And, let’s remember what Simon Sinek said: “If you don’t understand people, you don’t understand business.”
A team, a company, or any other group of people are all made up of individuals with different needs. In a perfect world, you would know exactly what goals your employees have and what motivates them, so you could work with them to reach their goal while working on their motivation.
Unfortunately, that is much easier said than done. We tried it. But at the very least, whenever you hear that Jane Doe wants to improve her leadership skills, for example, you can help her do so. Or, if you hear that John Smith is passionate about troubleshooting, maybe you can adjust his position within the company.
In conclusion, managing your team as a group rather than as unique individuals is a huge mistake. Of course, it’s hard when you have hundreds of people in your company, but those people have managers, and your managers should be taught how to work with individuals. In the end, it’s up to the leaders to step up and figure this out.