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Maximize employees’ potential

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Holding high expectations for your employees is an effective way to lead, as long as you communicate effectively and offer plenty of support. Apply these tips to make your expectations clear:

  • Be specific. Provide details when describing your goals. Offer examples of how employees can meet your expectations.
  • Aim high. Set challenging expectations—just be sure they are attainable. Employees will work harder with more focus than if you set ordinary goals that can be met fairly easily.
  • Consider your audience. Employees’ backgrounds and skills should relate to the goals you set for them.
  • Reinforce consistently. Let your expectations guide your interactions with staff and be the root of conversations.
  • Be patient. It won’t happen overnight, and you’ll face some setbacks. Remain positive and stay focused on the goal.

— Adapted from “Communicate Expectations the Right Way,” Sangeeth Varghese, www.forbes.com.

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