Often times we forget all the roles a manager plays. In addition to ensuring that staff members are doing their job, a great manager is also a great mentor.
So, what makes a great mentor? Mentors have a unique way of uncovering hidden talents that staff members did not even know that they had. Mentors encourage staff members to develop these hidden talents by providing the necessary tools and support. Mentors help staff members stand up straight when they fall. Mentors remind staff members that growing and becoming better is a journey, not a destination. Mentors are the ones who have a first row seat when their staff members perform, and are the first to clap for them.
So remember, next time you meet with your staff members ask yourself: what hidden talents have I uncovered in my staff members, and what have I done to help them grow this talent? Having this attitude will not only help your staff members become better staff, but will also enable them to perform their best work for you.