How do leaders set and maintain high standards in their organizations?
Successful leaders set high standards for performance and have accountability in place. The key to setting the bar at the right level is a high enough target for team members to successfully reach. Then set the bar higher!
Managers with low or no set standards most likely result in teams with low morale and low success rates. Allowing employees to dictate policies such as time off and work pace levels usually move toward the non-productive and negative end of the spectrum.
How to achieve setting high standards and accountability by not micro-managing every detail of the team?
Look at your processes for recruiting, hiring and onboarding of new team members. Take a look at your HR resources and who is handling this area. Take a look at current members and invest in each one to build their path to surpass the standards set. Create better policies, keep them updated and hold the team accountable to achieve success.
Several business associates have indicated we have set the bar too high. Instead of lowering the standards, we have invested in HR resources, our managers and our team for continued growth and success.
You know we will continue to raise the bar as the business pendulum keeps swinging forward! What are you doing to maintain and surpass high standards for you and your team?