How Well Do You Know Your Direct Reports?

It’s an established fact that people who have personal relationships have greater trust and are more willing to extend themselves for each other than those who have lesser relationships.  It should stand to reason then that leaders who want extra efforts from their direct reports will want to have stronger personal relationships.

How well do you know your direct reports?  Can you answer these questions about each of your direct reports?

  • What is the name of their spouse or significant other?
  • What are their hobbies or interests?
  • What are the names and ages of their children or grandchildren?
  • What is the breed and name of their pet?

Leaders don’t need to be overly personal with their direct reports but they should know a little about them.  A personal relationship can come from casual water cooler type conversations.  Regularly scheduled weekly one-on-one meetings are a great way to develop this relationship.  In our experience, there is no more important leadership technique than one-on-ones.

Empower your team to participate in regular one-on-ones and you’ll develop a deeper personal relationship which will lead to more success. 

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