How to Effectively Lead Superstar Employees

Telling people that you lead a team of average employees is an awkward way to start a conversation. You want to be able to tell people you lead a team of superstar employees. Do you think you’ve got what it takes to take on the stars?

Here is the guide you need to lead your stars down the red carpet:

 1. Pump it up

Set goals for your team. Explain to them why these goals are important and how meeting them will positively affect the company. Since you are dealing with superstars you need to make sure you add an incentive to the mix. Movie stars always receive an award for their hard work and so should your employees. When goals are met treat them to lunch or buy them tickets to a movie. Setting goals for your team and giving them an incentive to look forward to will help pump them up.

 2. Encourage creativity

 There is always a better and more efficient way of approaching our work. Allow your team to work outside the box and use their creative minds to jump over the hurdles of everyday business issues. Challenge each person in your team to come up with their own idea so that everyone is displaying their version of creativity. But don’t leave out the hard guidelines—this will help you manage expectations and will give them some instructions to begin the project.

 3. Talk the talk and walk the walk

 You are walking on a runway at all times with your team’s eyes on you. Share your mission and values with your team and carry them with you around the office. If they see you living out your values, then they will feel more inclined to do the same. Fully understanding why the work you put in makes the company’s mission successful is a power that only superstars have.

 4. Keep your employees current

 It is important to have the ripest apples growing from your tree. Keeping your employees fresh on their current knowledge in business is a must. Bring in outside speakers to give them a different perspective and open their eyes to how other companies operate. Provide weekly quick tips on updated software, strategies, and goals. Staying fresh is important for any star.

You are now ready to lead your superstars down the red carpet. Don’t forget to encourage them to shine in their own light, make them feel appreciated, and walk the walk. Superstars do not come around often but with the correct leadership you can make anyone shine.

Curious to see how you rank as a leader? Check out our WorkCompass Leadership Survey to discover your strengths and weaknesses in leadership.


Denis Coleman

Denis Coleman is the founder and CEO of Work Compass, a cloud staff performance collaboration software platform that helps teams align their efforts with strategic goals and continuously improve performance. Frustrated with the disconnect between strategy setting and day to day execution and the lack of tools available to managers to help them be great at their most important function …. Aligning their teams activities with strategic goals and actively managing for high performance Denis spent over 5 years researching strategy execution and performance management practices before founding Work Compass to create a software solution. Denis has held senior roles in Ireland, Czech Republic and North America with high performing electronics manufacturing and professional services organisations for more than 12 years. Denis has worked as Finance Director responsible for €800 million in annual revenues for Flextronics International, Key Account Manager responsible for annual revenues of more than €600 million for Dovatron International and Management Consultant for BDO one of Europe’s most successful professional services providers.

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