SOURCE: Entrepreneur David Kiger

August 28, 2015 14:35 ET

David Kiger Shares Four Strategies to Encourage Employee Development and Growth

Successful Entrepreneur and Investor Explains How to Make Professional Development a Win-Win for Employees and Their Employers

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwired - Aug 28, 2015) - A company is only as good as its employees, and employees who consistently work to improve their professional skills drive value. When the vision and structure for professional development comes from the top, it provides focus and encouragement to workers and creates a team-oriented environment.

David Kiger, founder and executive chairman of the global logistics company Worldwide Express and a major investor and strategic advisor for a diverse portfolio of ventures including Alef Mobitech, Exos Transport Group and beGlammed, has outlined four strategies for leaders looking to show employees that their professional growth positively benefits the business.

1. Let employees see that learning is important to you.

"CEOs are often cast as know-it-alls. After all, they are in the top spot at the company," said Kiger. "It's important to demonstrate that you're not only open to new ideas and directions, but that you welcome employee input and are always trying to learn and get better. By demonstrating your own intellectual curiosity, you lead by example -- encouraging your employees to expand their own knowledge."

2. Foster experimentation and risk-taking.

"Employees often desire to go beyond their daily tasks. Trusting them with a new project can be a growth opportunity," said Kiger. "Loosen the reins and allow employees to become more confident in their ability to produce innovative, successful results. Giving employees the opportunity to try something new displays your faith in their ability to take risks and take on new responsibilities for the company."

3. Share your vision for employee development -- and then follow through.

CEOs need to share a clearly defined vision for professional development that connects the company's goals with employees' personal ambitions and desires. Then, leaders must be sure to follow through on their promises, from funding professional organizational memberships to providing classroom training. Claiming to value innovation or training without follow-through will leave employees feeling betrayed and hurt morale.

4. When the going gets tough, the tough get growing.

"When times are good, everyone feels better and is having fun," said Kiger. "But there inevitably will be tough times, too. It's natural for leaders to have more difficulty communicating with employees during rockier moments. But if you can be honest and transparent with your people and clearly articulate the opportunity presented by even the toughest challenges, they will be much more likely to lend a hand and turn the challenge into a growth opportunity."

About David Kiger

David Kiger, founder and executive chairman of the global logistics company Worldwide Express, is a major investor and strategic advisor for a diverse portfolio of ventures including Alef Mobitech, Exos Transport Group and beGlammed. Kiger offers advice to entrepreneurs through his blogs on leadership and helping socially and economically disadvantaged businesses. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidKiger.

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