EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP IS THE MAGNET TO HIRE THE BEST...And Keep Them.
Smart people, especially those with some experience under their belt, seem to gravitate to effective leaders because of the culture those leaders have and continue to build. Good cultures evolve because leadership moves an organization forward in inclusive, incentivized ways, understanding that when every team member is treated as a stakeholder in the success of the business, the organization usually thrives. Such cultures reflect a manage down atmosphere where managers have a real stake (and obligation) in nurturing and helping their reports be successful and grow into greater responsibility and authority. In such cultures, the organization is run as a true meritocracy. Hierarchy does not warrant greater respect than non-hierarchy. This all comes from effective, authentic, smart, compassionate and balanced leadership. If leadership is ineffective in its communications and relationship building, all the incentives and perks in the world will not make such a company more effective or competitive...or attractive to the best and brightest hires.