When talking strategic direction, we often talk in terms of the role of the CEO and what he or she must do to encourage greater productivity and alignment. We don’t focus as much on the role of the employees, although we all know we’d be nowhere without them. We understand leadership starts at the top and an effective leader encourages employees to act in a manner consistent with the goals of the firm. This is much easier said than done. Empowering your employees to rise up to meet and carry out the strategic plan is not a single person’s job. It takes a village– a village of departments and individuals.
The Flashpoint HR’s blog titled, Five Ways HR Can Partner with CEOs to Achieve Strategic Results, touches upon how “HR must respond by helping the organization and all of its employees align their behaviors and performance with the needs of the new strategic plan.”
Good questions to ask yourself daily are, “What am I doing as the leader to encourage staff to work effectively toward company goals?” “Am I reaching employees and supporting them so they can connect the dots between daily activities and long-term goals?” As a former principal of two engineering firms, my CEOs and Division Manager peers who demonstrated actions to the answers during every meeting and conversation were the most effective. They clearly communicated the commitment they had toward the goals, which kept staff aligned and focused.
Use your resources, human resources, to set the tone for highest personal and overall achievement possible.