Holding high expectations for your employees is an effective way to lead, as long as youand 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.