One of the most difficult conversations you will have as a leader is with that team member who wants to leave. It’s sparked by that dreaded text that says, “I’ve taken another job,” or that voicemail that says, “I’m going with another company.”
You have healthy ways to have these conversations.
First, put yourself in the other person’s shoes. You need to give yourself the chance to understand their reasons. When you understand their reasons, you give you the chance to step outside the equation and not make it about you.
Second, help them recognize it’s their choice. A great thing to say is something like, “That is not the path I would take, but it is your path.” That frees them and you to move forward. You can relax and they can, too.
Third, follow LEAP as a process. Leap stand for:
Listen with understanding.
Ask a question.
Produce a possible solution.
When someone wants to leave, help them do it with grace. It’s a good leadership opportunity.
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Where Do You Go To Find An Answer?
A lot of things can make you doubt your own leadership skills:
- How Sure Are You of What Matters?
- How Convinced Are You That You Have the Right Plan?
- Who’s Holding You Accountable?
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