Leadership Lessons from INBOUND: 12 Habits of Valuable Employees

Posted by Andi Cook on Feb 1, 2017 10:00:00 AM

We are finally in the era of meritocracy. Where you rise based on what you can do not your experience. Defining-Leadership-Lessons.jpgHowever now people are expected to do more with less in a shorter amount of time. So adequacy becomes acceptable. But is by no means ideal.

In this rad INBOUND session Kevin Daum shared a few ways that leaders and employers can increase value. He then outlined twelve habits of valuable employees broken down into three categories. He stressed that the most important skill of a valuable employees is strong writing ability. Communication is a common thread to many of the twelve habits.

You can become a better leader or employee and increase your value by doing some of these things.

  1. Read the works of Jim Collins, Patrick Lencioni, and Tom Peters
  2. Find teachers and mentors (on LinkedIn)
  3. Establish internal peer groups
  4. Create an information sharing process
  5. Build a management training program

Companies can also help employees be more valuable by implementing some of the items below.

  1. Deconstruct and share leadership process
  2. Replace the term “manager” with “coach”
  3. Create internal peer learning programs
  4. Apportion resources to leadership development
  5. Address leadership in performance reviews

Habits of Desire

  1. Developing leadership in yourself and others.
  2. Integrating core values into business to help everyone walk the talk. Core values are for praise, reprimand, hiring and firing. A valuable employee makes these come to life in business.
  3. Fostering communications to make the message stick. Valuable employees put time and energy into internal communications.
  4. Managing conflict. Through the challenge comes brilliance. Valuable employees surface the conflict and address it. “Nice people are sabotaging you.”

Habits of Performance

  1. Surfacing issues – both the obvious and obscure.
  2. Stimulating productivity. A valuable employee gets it done no matter what.
  3. Improving process. Valuable employees work with efficiency, efficacy, elegance.
  4. Enabling growth. Valuable employees drive the preferred future. Know your intended outcome to make the right decisions along the way.

Habits of Influence

  1. Generating opportunity. Make it rain in meaningful ways. Don’t be in a silo!
  2. Boosting morale in good times and bad. A valuable employee sets an example that everyone aspires to be.
  3. Inspiring creativity. Valuable employees get all outside of the box.
  4. Growing community. Valuable employees earn credibility and respect.

According to Kevin valuable employees demonstrate big picture thinking, total accountability and undaunted courage. These people have strong habits in their desire to be successful. Companies that foster valuable behavior retain top talent. And this my friends is critical to building successful businesses.

You can read more from Kevin on valuable employees on Inc.com here. And you can learn more about Kevin on his website at www.kevindaum.com.

Thanks for sharing your wisdom Kevin Daum!

Topics: Leadership