Encouraging Engagement Through Good Leadership

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To demonstrate the importance of this, consider the following…A survey conducted by Harvard Business School from 50,000 leaders learned “the ability to inspire creates the highest levels of employee engagement and commitment.”
Add to this, work by Bain found “inspired employees are twice as productive as satisfied employees.” As a result, companies experienced a 21% greater profitability, a 41% reduction in absenteeism and 59% less turnover.

When you consider this, some key skills surely need discussion! Of course, the question then is, can these be learned or are they ingrained?

Values driven…Inspirational leaders are value-driven leading from a deep sense of purpose and responsibility to create positive change. They have a clear understanding of what their values are and don’t sacrifice their values to achieve a result.

Authenticity…They are open about sharing their struggles, and their journey of what it took for them to get to where they are today. They recognize their differences is what makes them unique. Authenticity inspires authenticity.

Great Communicators…Not all communication is verbal and comes in many forms. For example, active listening, ignoring distractions and making eye contact shows others they’re valued. Body language alone communicates and strengthens trust and honesty.

Encourage Teamship…Collaboration is an essential ingredient to an engaged and thriving team. Inspirational leaders know the strengths and weaknesses of their team, and how best to create the ideal team.

Approachable and Inclusive…Instead of leading with an iron rod to drive results, they focus on cultivating an environment that makes their employees feel comfortable coming and talking to them…feeling involved and wanting to make a difference.

Accountability…Taking ownership of responsibilities and positive and negative outcomes is key to effective leadership. Leaders should be able to take responsibility for their team’s work, as well as their own.
Do these things well, and encourage others to do likewise, and just watch the impact on your teams, and of course your results!

“Everyone wants to be appreciated, so if you appreciate someone, don’t keep it a secret.”  Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics