Posted on 04/12/2019
As a leader, it’s essential for you to continue implementing new strategies to support and inspire your employees in order to create a dynamic team that will help your company reach new levels of success. Accomplishing that, however, is no simple task. To make it a little easier, here are the latest strategies being used by successful leaders right now.
Between fast-approaching project deadlines, meetings and daily office responsibilities you can communicate with your team all day without actually connecting with them. Although taking the time to individually engage your employees seems simple, on the list of priorities it’s one that is too often overlooked. Taking the time to build these connections makes employees feel valued. When your staff feels appreciated, their engagement and productivity all increase making it easier to meet those deadlines and exceed set goals. Making time to speak with and listen to your team may seem minor, but the impact it will have is major.
A focus of leadership is to advance your organization through new and innovative initiatives. Good managers recognize one of the best ways to achieve that is by investing in their employees’…education to be exact. As the individuals behind the success of your organization, investing in them can prove to be an incredible asset. Whether it’s through industry conferences or higher education degree programs, encouraging your team to continue learning and challenging themselves shows that you are truly supportive of their professional development and in return reinforces their loyalty to you and the organization. Your employees are a mirror of your business, as their abilities and knowledge grow, so will your organization.
Everyone needs a break now and then. Time away from the office and everyday life is an opportunity to relax and recharge. So why do over 50% of Americans leave vacation days unused? Corporate culture used to reinforce the idea that the more time you spent in the office the harder you worked and the more productive you were. This mindset is still very much prevalent today and could be the reason 44% of employees working today feel exhausted and burned out. However, employees who manage a healthier work-life balance are shown to be happier and more productive at work. Understanding and emphasizing the importance of work-life balance to your team reinforces your investment in their well-being and has positive effects on your team in the long run.
There’s a reason the saying, actions speak louder than words is a popular term. It’s because it’s true. One of the most important leadership qualities to focus on in this year and every year going forward is to lead by example. As a supervisor, you set the precedent for behavior, attitude, and performance in the office. Taking the time to connect with staff on a regular basis builds a rapport that will be noticed and copied by those under your direction. Setting the same expectations and implementing the habits you encourage your team members to practice reinforces your authority as a leader and shows you are committed to improving every member of your team, including yourself.