You’ve identified an A Player on your team with tons of potential. It is incredibly rewarding to watch an employee grow stronger, and one day take on a leadership position in your organization. However, this doesn’t happen automatically.
As a manager, it’s your role to facilitate that growth and nurture high potential employees to become future leaders. From additional mentorship to education, you have many opportunities to help them grow. Here are 6 ways to treat high potential employees:
1. Give them more responsibility
A players on your team can deliver a tremendous amount of value. In some cases, they can produce the same work as several other people combined. Your goal is to give them as much responsibility as they can handle, without them burning out or biting off more than they can chew. Consider the difficulty of each project they are assigned, and seek more advanced projects to challenge them. They will appreciate more difficult assignments, and your team will benefit from greater productivity.
2. Get them the right mentors
Surround your best people with excellent mentors. As the manager, you should be able to mentor them in certain areas. For specific skills outside of your expertise, encourage other mentors in your organization to spend time with high potential employees on your team. For example, if a Product Marketing Manager is eager to advance her data analysis skills, perhaps facilitate a meeting between her and a Data Scientist on the engineering team to provide additional context about advanced data management.
3. Be a sounding board for them
Just because an employee is a high potential A Player doesn’t mean that they know everything. You can help them grow by collaborating together on important decisions and projects. Reply with suggestions to their weekly status updates. Challenge their ideas at meetings. Push them outside their comfort zone by asking thought provoking questions.