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But you can’t lead the unleadable

Answered => “Where does ‘hiring & retaining talent’ rank at your company along side these 3 other priorities: innovation, growth and managing expenses?” on HBR Question of the Week.

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By definition, any organization and its resulting culture is an aggregation of the people who work there from the bottom to the top. If you want innovation and growth but hire status quo types then save your time (and their’s) and just go out back and shoot yourself in the foot. If you want innovation and growth and don’t reward such characteristics and efforts then don’t expect the people of those schools of thought and action to stick around.

Yes, people can learn. Yes, they can be led as well. BUT…they have to want to learn and they have to want to be led. The first line of offense is HR. It’s who’s coming to the door and who you’re letting in. As they say, a chain is only as good as its weakest link. However, when was the last time HR was discussed as playing an essential role in competitive advantage?

Unfortunately, quite often leadership has a tendency to over-estimate its significance and influence. Even a great leader can’t lead the unleadable (if you will). It’s not as simple as hiring the right people (which isn’t so simple). Nor is it as simple as treating your people right. It’s hiring the right people *and* developing the culture your seek by treating them right.

Bottom line…if you’re not seeking, nurturing and rewarding the behaviors you desire (e.g., innovation) then only a fool expects such behaviors to persist and grow. Further more, that disconnect will also becoming a warning sign that will discourage the better people from wanting to be hired.

Actions speak louder than words, right? And the top talent knows this.

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