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1-on-1 Meetings Are the Key to Great Leadership. Here’s How to Do Them Right.

As a leader, you need to take time to focus on your employees's development and needs


Managers have to do many things to become the leader their teams deserve. But they’re often skipping the very practice that could make the most impact.

Contrary to popular belief, leaders can’t make someone highly-engaged. But they can create the conditions for high engagement, in which people choose to bring their best. And the most effective and overlooked way to do that is holding regular 1-on-1s with their direct reports.

Related: 5 Ways to Train Yourself to Be a Great Leader

These 1-on-1s create the conditions for engagement by communicating to employees on a consistent basis, “I care about you. I have a vested interest in you and your success.”

But if 1-on-1s are such a valuable tool, why don’t more managers hold them or do them well? There are three main reasons:

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