A leader knows how to supervise people doing listed tasks.

But a wise leader knows how to guide high-performers and attract top talent to his team.  The reason is simple but profound: A wise leader understands the best workers will make a team successful because they are internally driven to excellence and creativity. However, a poor manager measures employees merely by their ability to execute a pre-determined process. 

The king who wrote the Proverbs knew the upside down business idea:  It is the gifts within each person that holds their greatest potential for success.  A man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before the great.” (Proverbs 18:16)

A poor leader will view his team like robots who do his bidding rather than realizing they are individuals who have incredibly unique potential to contribute. 

Of course, employees need to follow directives. But only the worst of managers sees that as the ultimate measurement of his team members.

In a Forbes article, “Ten Signs Your Company Couldn’t Care Less About Talent,” Liz Ryan explains several tale-tale signs a company’s leadership doesn’t value the gifts of its workers:

1. Leadership promotes people without considering compassion and wisdom.

2. The members of leadership are missing, not present and often avoid the office and employees.

3. Leadership doesn’t affirm because they believe “they are paid to do a good job.”

4. Leadership doesn’t initiate discussions about career paths and promotions.

A wise leader will seek to discover his team’s gifts to achieve the greatest level of excellence and success. A poor leader will define his team by their ability to simply perform a rigid list of tasks. 

If you aren’t sure which kind of leader you are, here is a simple question you can ask: Are you losing top talent or are you attracting it?  

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