Discoverin​g Your Team Member’s Talents

Guest post by Joseph Lalonde:

One of the best things we can do for our team is to
discover our team member’s talents. The place where they really shine.

The talents of our team members are usually what drives
them to excel. Your team will find purpose and meaning when they begin putting
their skills to work.

The key is discovering the talents of our team members.
They can be hidden or even unknown by the one who possesses the talents. These
talents are often buried under years of neglect and distrust.

This is where you come into play as a leader. Great
leaders are able to dive deep into a team member and draw out the best from
them. This includes finding their talents and helping them develop the skills
that make them great.

What can you do to discover the talents? Try these three
tips:

1. Put your team members into new situations:
New situations often draw out untapped energy and thought patterns. People have
to use a different way of thinking to solve the new problems.

You’ll be able to see the team member’s hidden talents
arise as they are faced with challenges they’ve never seen before.

2. Talk to your team members about their
hobbies outside of work
: Many leaders will avoid talking to
their team about their lives outside of work. I know this to be a hindrance to
discovering their talents. Your employees’hobbies will frequently revolve
around their skills abilities. Tap into their hobbies and you can discover what
their talents are. Not only will you discover their talents, you’ll also begin
to form relationships that will improve their loyalty with your organization.

3. Watch your team:
Keep an eye on your team members when new opportunities arise in the workplace.
Who’s jumping at what opportunity? Team members are drawn to areas that they
know they have talent and will take on the task. Figure this out and help place
team members into areas where their talents can be put to full use. Doing this
will allow you to get the right people on the right bus in the right seats (as
Jim Collins would say).

As you begin to discover the talents of your team, you’ll
see a shift begin to take place. The work environment will change. Goals and
objectives get met with enthusiasm and a desire to do the best job possible.

Your team will be excited to come to work. They’ll be
ready for a new day and a new chance to shine.

All of this happens because we’ve paid attention to the
skills and talents of those working for us. And then you showed you cared by
placing them into situations that bring out their best.

Remember, we want to draw out the best from our team.
This involves learning what drives them and the talents they bring to the
organization.

Take the time today to decide how you can put your team
into new situations, spend some time learning their hobbies, and keep an eye on
the team.

Your team and your organization will thank you for it.

About the author:
Joseph
Lalonde
is a youth leader at Oak Crest Church of God and leadership blogger
at JMLalonde.com. Joseph shares leadership tools and encourages you to become a
better leader. Connect with him on
Twitter or at
his
blog.