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Ten reasons why leaders lose their top talent

According to this Forbes article there are ten reasons why top talent leaves an organisation:

  1. You Failed To Unleash Their Passions:
  2. You Failed To Challenge Their Intellect:
  3. You Failed To Engage Their Creativity:
  4. You Failed To Develop Their Skills:
  5. You Failed To Give Them A Voice:
  6. You Failed To Care:
  7. You Failed to Lead:
  8. You Failed To Recognize Their Contributions:
  9. You Failed To Increase Their Responsibility:
  10. You Failed To Keep Your Commitments:

It’s a useful exercise to go through this list and mentally tick off which of these reasons have caused you to leave a previous job. If any of these reasons apply to you, is it likely they also apply to people working in your organisation? Basically, they’re all down to a failure in leadership.

There are some other interesting statistics in this article:

  • More than 30% believe they’ll be working someplace else inside of 12 months.
  • More than 40% don’t respect the person they report to.
  • More than 50% say they have different values than their employer.
  • More than 60% don’t feel their career goals are aligned with the plans their employers have for them.
  • More than 70% don’t feel appreciated or valued by their employer.

From what I’ve seen of staff satisfaction surveys, I wouldn’t disagree with any of these!

Sorry if this is a bit of a negative picture to be painting as we move towards Christmas, but perhaps it might stimulate some thoughts for some New Year’s Resolutions.



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