Every leader will experience this at least once in a life time; people who choose to leave rather than stay. You’ve worked together, you’ve planned the future together; you’ve even invested a great deal into their lives, then one day they choose to leave the church, business, company, brand …
This can be a fairly bitter pill to swallow especially when they leave at a time you really need their services. It is therefore important to prepare oneself against such an eventuality by keeping it in mind that no matter how well you treat your team members some will always have a reason to leave.
- Search for greener pastures
- Discontent about some issue (for instance your leadership style).
- Call to other duties
The list continues.
As the leader, your reaction to this will reflect your level of maturity and the quality of your leadership. How will you react to such a situation?
- Brand them as traitors and unfaithful collaborators?
- Accuse a competitor for taking away (stealing) your members/customers?
- Accuse the devil for coming after you?
- Just slump into your seat and hope it doesn’t happen another time?
Rather than look around for whom to blame why not do a thorough self-examination?
- Am I giving them what they need?
- Do I know what they need?
- Do they feel fulfilled working with me?
- Have I done something wrong?
- Have I been listening to their complaints?
- Have I departed from the original vision they submitted to?
- Am I a good leader? Will I like to submit under my own leadership?
A good leader takes the blame first before investigating the cause.
It’s not wise to quickly name and blame others while exempting yourself from the responsibility.
It could be an opportunity for you to go in for self-improvement.
Very few people will choose to leave a winning team and even fewer still, will quit a place where they get satisfaction.
And if you think you gave them the best, but they left anyway, you will have a cool head and a clean conscience.
Some people come into our lives for a reason, some for a season and some for life. Get to know who is in your life and for what purpose.