Be the Best Leader
When working with leaders and executives who want to grow, it’s common to discuss their personal performance, their strengths and the areas to develop. To gain further insight I may suggest taking an assessment and requesting 360 degree feedback from their team. Getting feedback is necessary in order to grow. But if you become too concerned about every nuance of your behavior, communication or performance, you may lose sight of what matters most – helping others be the best they can be.
There is a correlation between managing perception (how others see you) and managing people (how you influence others.) One person may see you as approachable and others view you as intimidating. It’s easy to allow the negative perception of you get you down. Rather than try so hard to please everyone, keep your focus on what really matters at work. That’s the people with whom you lead.
As you gain more leadership experience, you will learn that your role is not simply to get the job done, but more importantly to help others develop in their own roles.
Here are some ideas to help you increase employee engagement:
- See people as people, not as objects. Show interest in your colleague and get to know them as a whole person. You don’t need to dive into their personal life, but you do need to know what they care about or what concerns outside of work could possibly affect their performance.
- Create new growth opportunities. Many employees are only using a small portion of their talent. Start asking, “what’s something new you’d like to learn or do in the business that would give you more responsibility and self-satisfaction?” Identify a few short term milestones for accountability and then observe their transformation. Be their support, not their opposition.
- Give encouragement. Encouraging others can be the catalyst to unleashing their potential and greatness. Everyone needs and appreciates positive praise and recognition from their team leader.
What else can you do to help others be their best?