Every boss, supervisor, business owner, manager and team leader strives for perfect strength and leadership. They all can be brought down with a number of different weaknesses and tactical errors, but there is one that is the ultimate Achilles Heel - either not knowing or forgetting to do Job #1...
A leader's #1 job is to grow and develop their people.
At a recent state human resources management conference I presented a workshop covering the six keys to getting employees engaged and keeping them engaged in their work. A major take-away for the HR professionals was based on a question: do the bosses in your organization have this #1 job in their list of core duties? Do they personally invest financial and calendar resources to this task? Their responses were interesting. Some were shaking their heads yes. Most had a look that said, "No."
The most important relationship in an organization is the one between a supervisor and their immediate team members. When this goes bad or isn't healthy, people under-perform, cause trouble or just leave. There are many reasons why a leader's #1 job is to grow and develop their people, but helping people meet/exceed expectations and enjoy their job is the best reason.
If you are a boss and/or play a role in helping bosses understand how to do their job effectively, ask yourself that question. If you don't give a resounding yes, make some changes. Dedicate a majority of your time developing people and helping them understand expectations, develop their strengths, minimize their weaknesses and have what they need to do their job exceptionally. Good luck.