My daughter recently got recruited away from her old company for a much more attractive opportunity. Pay and benefits were, expectedly, much better, but two other factors were equally important in her decision to leave. She had quickly risen to run the design department, and there was no one in her area of expertise that she could learn from. She wanted to acquire more excellent skills and continue to grow but had topped out in that environment.
The other important factor was the way senior management treated the company's employees. When she was first promoted and had other team members reporting to her, we had long discussions about how to treat those you lead and why those aspects were important. There were times when her (our) leadership philosophies were not aligned with those of senior management. While she had a fair amount of autonomy in the artistic arena with her group, she felt uncomfortable with some broader management actions that negatively affected all employees, including her team.
When she announced that she would be leaving, two unexpected things occurred. Senior management asked her to stay for a period to help recruit and train her replacement. The company's standard policy was to immediately dismiss employees who were leaving and escort them to the door, which was her expectation.
The other surprise was her group and other employees she typically reacted with took her out to a farewell lunch. I told her both actions indicated the respect and admiration that both her team and senior management had for her talent and leadership, and she should rightfully be proud.
How To Do It
Here are some of the key things we discussed as she took her first leadership position:
Granted, this list of ways to be good to the people you lead is non-exhaustive but is a good start and will often bring positive and sometimes unexpected results.
The reactions of senior management and her fellow employees when she announced her leaving means she is learning well. Learning, and leadership go hand in hand.
A Quote To Consider!
"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other."
--John F. Kennedy