- On June 26, 2018
In today’s ever growing and highly dynamic work environment, effective leadership has become a crucial factor of the organization’s success and sustainability. It’s safe to say that many managers and leaders understand so, but how many of them actually know how to apply principles of leadership that develop their teams and employees?
Among the many ways and techniques a leader practices to empower his/her employees to develop, here are some that may seem relatively simpler to apply and have a major sound effect.
By listening effectively to your employees and communicating openly, you will start building a foundation of trust. Establish an open constructive channel of communication, and allow them to talk. Ask the right questions and then, listen to understand, not to respond. Moreover, put trust in your employees, and make them feel it. Whether by delegating the right responsibilities, or allowing them to lead their activities with confidence and not fear failure, they have to understand why and how you trust them. Build people up in any situation and you’ll foster a deep level of trust.
Giving effective feedback is also one of the most important things you need to do right as a leader. Feedback that actually helps employees improve their performance makes your company better at everything it does. It’s one thing that all great leaders do well.
Feedback should be ongoing, on time, and focused on improving performance and helping employees grow, rather than showing employees what they did wrong, says Joanne Wells, manager of the Learning Center of Excellence at talent management software company Halogen Software. Constructive feedback isn’t only focused on improvement areas. You need to show your people how to do things better, but you also need to show them what they did right, how they progressed, and what positive impact they had no matter how small it might be. As we all need to work on areas of improvement, we need to expand areas of strengths.
Great leaders should always be empowered to have regular follow up on their employees making sure they have what they need, are developing, are challenged, and are inspired to over achieve. Moreover, achievements, big or small, are never to go unnoticed. Recognition and appreciation is an easy and simple way to encourage growth and help employees stay motivated to work.
Investing in the development of employees is the most important and rewarding thing managers and leaders can do. Smart leaders know that engaged workers bring creativity and passion to their work, which means more minds seeking more solutions to problems. After all, leadership is all about; making a difference in the lives of others.