Jack Welch, who turned GE into the world’s most valuable company, used to say, “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” He should know. In his 20 years at the helm of GE, Welch spent more than half his time getting the right people in the right positions, and helping them thrive.
A true leader is one who paves the way for future leaders. A core leadership quality, Growing Others will help you invest deeply in your colleagues’ personal and professional development. By helping them climb the ladder of success, you will foster a culture of continuous learning, create long-lasting growth and become the coach you wish you’d had.
Thrive Skills are an essential set of cognitive, social and behavioral skills to enable our learners to continuously succeed, at every stage of their career.
Growing Others is the ability to invest in people’s abilities, skills and capabilities. An irreplaceable quality for leaders, Growing Others or helping others grow is when a leader leads by example, paving the way for their people to achieve their goals.
In a professional setting, leadership is of utmost importance. How one leads others determines just how well their organization does. Growing Others enables professionals to motivate, encourage and support others’ dreams and aspirations. It’s the spirit of collaboration that drives them to work together to achieve collective goals.
Some examples of Growing Others are mentoring, giving constructive feedback, supporting ambitions and goals, providing the right opportunities and listening to others, creating a comfortable space where they can speak without reservations.
Growing Others is a must-have Thrive Skill that can be developed with experience. In leadership roles, managers can even undergo training and development, sign up for programs to learn about manager excellence and how to communicate with their teams. Leading with empathy also adds to helping others grow.
Harappa programs that focus on Growing Others as a Thrive Skill are the First Time Manager Program and Inspiring Faculty Program.
Other Thrive Skills under LEAD are Giving Actionable Feedback, Championing Innovation, Commercial Acumen, Catalyzing change and Productive Delegation.