Many who find themselves in leadership positions are natural leaders. If that’s you, congratulations! You and your team will benefit from that skill base, but there is always more you can do to increase your performance and effectiveness. For those who don’t naturally seek out leadership roles, your company and team benefit from your intentional growth in the area of leadership and the diverse skill set you bring to the table.
Inspire Employees Individually
We all want to feel seen. It’s a basic human desire that applies to our personal and professional lives. Your team members likely see you and each other more than anyone else outside their household. It’s important to show them that you take their thoughts and ideas into consideration. These interactions influence motivation and productivity. When people feel seen they work harder and perform better. If people feel as though their hard work goes unnoticed, they become discouraged and burn out.
It can seem daunting to make sure we are reaching out to everyone on our team. What if someone slips our mind? Monthly one-on-ones are a great way to organize your time and make sure everyone is heard. They don’t have to be more than 15-30 minutes, as long as you make the time count. Use this time to challenge individuals intellectually and give opportunities for development.
Address Business Issues with Employees in Mind
As a leader your performance is directly related to your employees performance. Because of this you need to pay attention to not only projects and tasks, but also overall employee wellbeing. When an issue arises, the immediate business outcome isn’t your sole concern. A leader sees the situation through the eyes of the company and the employee. They explain the reasoning behind the decision with empathy and kindness – connecting with the employees on a personal level, letting them know they care.
[It is a basic human emotion to want to feel seen]