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Why High Performers Leave

Why High Performers Leave

Why High Performers Leave

Last year saw a significant increase in high performing talent leaving high level positions in what became known as ‘The Great Resignation.’ The corporate landscape has seen a fundamental shift in how many businesses operate, and employees have preferred the flexibility this has afforded them. Retaining top performers is integral to the success of teams and businesses alike. By looking at some of  the reasons behind the exodus, we can ensure that we are providing value to our employees and our organisations.

Limited Career Advancement

When individuals are consistently performing at a high level, or making oversized contributions to the company without being considered for advancement, they may not envision a long career there. This can be incredibly frustrating, and they will seek greater opportunities elsewhere. If it is a simple matter of there not being enough high level positions available, then it is worth considering alternate ways to provide growth opportunities.

By discussing what their career goals are and how they can achieve them with your organisation, demonstrates your interest in their success. Providing high performance training to further enhance their skills prepares them for leadership development opportunities in the future while strengthening their current contributions.

“Prepare [high performers] for leadership development opportunities in the future while strengthening their current contributions.”

Disconnected From the Work

Even when productivity is high and results are being achieved, top performers can be disconnected with the work they’re doing. If efforts are not made to re-engage them, they may feel ‘stuck’ and start looking for a more challenging or exciting role. High performance team leaders are responsible for inspiring and motivating their team members to exceed expectations.


Having a clear vision of team goals is one of the most effective ways of provoking engagement in others. Leadership training programs can provide leaders and their teams with the opportunity to develop the strategy for achieving goals together. This allows individuals to take an active role in shaping the direction of the team. They form a personal connection to the work that drives them to be more innovative and higher performing.

Losing high performing talent is difficult, no matter the reasoning. Organisations are strengthened by individuals at all levels who participate in leadership development programs. Providing growth opportunities and supporting the career goals of top performers can have a considerable impact on the rate of retention within your business.

About the Author: The Leadership Sphere

The Leadership Sphere helps small and medium businesses and larger organisations in Australia, in creating value through leadership. The Leadership Sphere provides a humanistic approach to the way it delivers leadership, performance and coaching services. We work with leaders and senior teams who need to gain increased clarity, build capability and ensure contribution at every level in the organisation, and enable a safe, inclusive and high trust organisation.

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