A leader can come in all different shapes, sizes, approaches and titles.
Leaders who can manage leading while still motivating and inspiring loyalty, are the leaders that people will follow from job to job. A recent study showed that 75% of people voluntarily leaving jobs don’t quit their jobs; they quit their bosses. (Roger Herman)
To me, that says leadership has a major impact on the engagement of employees and team members and their workplace satisfaction. With that knowledge, how can you then become a better leader?
Here are 5 ways to become a better leader.
1. Recognize your talent. All people need and want to be recognized for the contributions they make in the workplace. If you aren’t convinced that people need recognition, 69% of employees say they would work harder if they were better recognized. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to recognize people, but the mere act of recognition can and will carry a lot of weight with the people around you.
2. Get personal. Don’t be afraid to make a personal connection with individuals on your team. The more “human” leaders are to their team, the more likely their employees are to be engaged in the work they are doing.
3. Be a good listener. Your team is likely telling you exactly what they need, even if they aren’t speaking it out loud. Listen to what people are saying, and more importantly listen to what they are not saying. Being a good listener means you can read between the lines and pick up on the cues that your team is unsatisfied and in need of some additional support.
4. Be visible and available, but don’t micro-manage. Being visible and available will let your team know you are there for them if they need you, but this doesn’t give you permission to micro-manage. People are distinctly de-motivated by micro-management. Allow people the room to learn, make mistakes, and ask questions without needing to know what they are doing moment-by-moment.
5. Involve your people in decision making. Instead of demanding change throughout your team, instead involve them in the change making process. Individuals who are included in the cycle of change are much more likely to embrace the change than individuals who are told how to change without discussion.
These are just a few ways you can improve your leadership style. To read more employee engagement statistics, take a look at this report.
What’s your favorite leadership style trait? We’d love to know.