The John Maxwell leadership training center shares an excellent article in looking ahead to challenges of 2018.  It focuses on how leaders should work to focus on team spirit & an improved gratitude for their human resources.

68% of your employees may not want to be there. According to Gallup, only 32% of employees are engaged in the American workplace. Worldwide, it’s even worse: 87% of employees are disengaged at significant levels. The leaders in your company clearly face an uphill climb to build more productive teams. It would be easy for them to emphasize production results while overlooking overall employee satisfaction with his or her work. However, business researchers are finding direct correlations between employees’ rates of satisfaction and their overall productivity.

Productivity Begins with People — Your leaders and managers can make their teams stand out by embracing these 4 keys to more productive teams. When leaders understand and act on them, the entire company will benefit:

1. Production Is Not Enough. Leading a productive team is quite an accomplishment. Achieving goals can be rewarding. But there are higher levels of leadership than just getting work done efficiently and adding to the bottom line.

2. People Are an Organization’s Most Appreciable Asset.  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 Equipment becomes out of date.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.  People don’t appreciate automatically or grow accidentally. Growth occurs only when it’s intentional. Leaders take their teams to the next level when they think beyond production alone.

3. Growing Leaders Is the Most Effective Way to Accomplish the Vision.  How can your leaders make your organization better? Invest in the people who work in it.  Companies get better when their people get better. That’s why investing in people always gives a greater return to an organization.  Everything rises and falls on leadership.

4. People Development Is the Greatest Fulfillment for a Leader. Few things in life are better than seeing people reach their potential. If leaders help people become bigger and better on the inside, eventually those employees will become greater on the outside.  People are like trees: give them what they need to grow on a continual basis for long enough, and they will grow from the inside out. And they will bear fruit.