The best leaders know their employees on an individual basis, know what makes them tick, and know how they want to grow.
It is up to you to have conversations, one-on-one, with each of your team members to learn what their ambitions are and how they envision their future. Then you can act as their coach in helping them achieve their personal and professional goals.
To begin, ask open-ended questions. If you have established trust, they will feel comfortable sharing their dreams. Then, in the mode of action learning for leadership development, ask them to come up with a creative action plan to take the first steps in their career development. If they yearn to become a project manager, perhaps they can take on responsibility for one phase of a current project. Then meet on a regular basis to give them targeted performance feedback and encourage their progress.
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