“Most of what an organization possesses goes down in value. Facilities deteriorate. Equipment becomes out of date. Supplies get used up. What asset has the greatest potential for actually going up in value? People! But only if they are valued, challenged, and developed by someone capable of investing in them and helping them grow. Otherwise, they are like money put on deposit without interest. Their potential is high, but they aren’t actually growing.”
~ John Maxwell
It is laughable when organisational leaders refrain from investing in their workforce because of the potential possibility of leaving the employment. The truth is, whether you do it or not, they will eventually leave. But when you do, it turns 360 degrees and comes back to you. If they don’t leave, they get to contribute to and make the organisation scale. If they leave, you secure for yourself life loyalty for your unquantifiable contribution to their lives and careers. John Maxwell said, “if you invest in people, they will never be the same again. And neither will you. It is impossible to help people without helping yourself.”
Mostly, what we do not realise is that people can be very loyal and only a fool will burn the bridge he climbed to the top. Investing in the people that work for you gives them a sense of ownership and belonging in the organisation. That’s the most important assurance anybody requires to function at the optimal level. Nobody will treat as trash what he feels invested in.
People are an organisation’s best asset and investment. One of your primary duties as a leader is to make them appreciate in value and worth.
Sunday Ola Fadipe is a lawyer, public speaker and leadership consultant.
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