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Does anyone really know what's going on with jobs? One week, you read articles about how you can calm workers’ fears of being laid off. The next week, you’re advised that workers are quitting right and left, taking advantage of the job opportunities that are opening up all around us.
Actually, it doesn’t matter what the job market is doing. If you have team members, you want them to be loyal—to you, to the company, to their work. If they are loyal, they’ll trust you to be honest with them in the bad times and happy to stay with you even when job opportunities abound.
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In EntreLeadership, Dave’s own small-business training program, Dave explains how business leaders can build a loyal team. The main principle is the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” (Luke 6:31)
Here are three important ways that principle plays out for a business leader:
If you’ve ever had a boss who was unpredictable and explosive, you understand the value of consistency. When your team trusts you to back them up, to recognize them for a job well done, or to handle a negative situation with grace, you build a team that is confident that you value them.
Your team members are not units of production.
Business leaders are busy people, but sometimes you have to slow down and take time to look in your team members’ eyes. Sometimes, you will see pain or fear, and it is your job as a leader to find out what’s behind it. Dave calls this “pastoring the flock.”
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Treat team members with dignity.
Dave says he never wants to install a time clock in his office. He never wants employees who punch the clock and do just enough work to collect their checks—because there is no dignity in working like that. Treat your team members with dignity by giving them a voice and making it clear that their work matters to you and your business.
There’s no magic here, except for the magic that happens when you walk a mile in someone else’s shoes. Look at your business and its leadership through your team members’ eyes. How would you want to be treated?
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