Your retention stats are directly related to the quality of your leadership

Your retention stats are directly related to the quality of your leadership

17 January 2022
Gerrit Sarens
Gerrit Sarens
  • When talking about the challenges companies have nowadays, talent retention is typically one of the things mentioned.

    As talent retention is strongly related to employee engagement, we see many companies investing in all kinds of employee engagement initiatives such as improving their onboarding activities, working on their company values, boosting their internal communication, organizing team events, offering more learning & development opportunities …

    All these initiatives are good and essential to keep your top talent on board.

  • One factor is often under-estimated or even ignored: the quality of your leadership

  • Unfortunately, the well-known expressions “good people leave because of bad managers” or “people don’t leave jobs; they leave managers” are very accurate.

    There is no shortage of evidence to support this. Several studies cite leadership as critical in tapping into employee happiness and impacting retention.

    The number 1 reason employees leave a job is a bad boss or supervisor.

    Leaders who don’t engage their staff will inevitably lose them.

  • It’s simple but not easy

  • In simple terms, strong and effective leadership can improve culture, engage a workforce and instill a level of motivation and inspiration that may otherwise have been absent.

    Irrespective of what good leadership means, one of the ultimate goals of a leader is to make an employee feel appreciated, accomplished, and important to the organization's overall success.

  • Ask the right questions

  • The meaning of good leadership depends on your company, more precisely, what you ultimately want to achieve as a company and the context in which you are operating.

    There is no one-size-fits-all description of good leadership.

    Inspiration can be found in the Ambits Leadership Guide.

    More important is to ask the right questions:

    1. What makes a good leader for our company?
    2. Which leadership behavior do we need to achieve our goals?
    3. Is there a gap between the desired and the actual leadership behavior?
    4. If so, how can we make the necessary changes to improve?

    Any leadership improvement, even small steps, will benefit your employee retention.

  • Mentoring is the way forward in leadership development

  • At Ambits, we firmly believe that the right mentor can help managers to become better leaders.

    A mentor who has gone through the same leadership challenges and is strongly motivated to share his/her experience through practical advice is the most effective way to learn and build leadership competencies.

    Mentoring can be done individually or in groups; see more here.

    Contact us now to discuss this further.

      • Manager types

      • Who are you?

    • Ambits offers business mentoring to different audiences. Our mentor community is equipped to help them with their specific leadership challenges. Discover below what Ambits can do for you.

    • Young professional

        • Young professional

          • Kicking-off your career
          • Eager to discover your strengths
          • Find your position in the organization to perform at your best
    • First time manager

        • First time manager

          • Taking up your first leadership role
          • Moving from an operational to a management position
          • Discovering the challenges of people management
    • Middle Manager

        • Middle Manager

          • Positioned between first-line and top management
          • Balancing between managing up and managing down
          • Leveraging the potential of people & teams
    • Top manager

    • Entrepreneur or founder

        • Entrepreneur or founder

          • Starting or scaling up your own company
          • Experiencing growing pains
          • Eager to develop solid leadership to move to the next level
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