My employee resigned.
I just started as a manager in a new company and this was a shock to me.
I asked why.
He said he feels stifled, unappreciated, without a career path, and most of all, has been taking tasks that nobody else was willing to take.
I looked deeper, his previous manager took all the interesting work, and let routine tasks to be dealt by his employees. But then his best people started to quit, and at some point, he stopped being effective. So he left too.
This employee was one the last of the best people remaining.
The best people always suffer the worst from bad leadership.
It took me an enormous effort to convince him to give me a chance.
It was even harder effort to rebuild the team and to earn their trust.
To manage smart people, you do NOT need to be smarter than they are.
You need to give them a chance to grow, opportunities to shine, and appreciation.
Do you agree ?