Becoming a better leader increases your teammates’ engagement and performance. This elevates success for you, your team, and the organization.
Increasing your leadership effectiveness requires understanding your motivations, strengths, and weaknesses. It also involves openly communicating, promoting growth, and implementing feedback.
Elevating your impact as a leader increases your colleagues’ and coworkers’ productivity and connection to the organization. It also encourages them to develop their own leadership abilities. This positively impacts the bottom line.
Discover four ways to grow your impact as a leader at work.
1. Promote Communication
Engage in open communication with employees at all levels of the organization. Set honest, ethical, and transparent behavior as key values for others to demonstrate.
Tailor your communication styles and interactions to the situation and each person’s preferences. This includes whether the individual likes to talk in person, over the phone, or through email or text. It also involves actively listening to the person speaking.
Be genuine when talking with others. This helps build trust within your organization and increases employee morale.
2. Encourage Growth
Invest in your colleagues’ and coworkers’ personal and professional growth. This includes encouraging them to participate in in-person, virtual, and on-demand learning that promotes knowledge and skill development.
Inspire your colleagues and coworkers to request stretch assignments and cross-train in different roles. This helps them add more value to the organization.
Motivate others to take on challenges. This promotes satisfaction in solving problems and overcoming obstacles.
3. Stay Positive
Things will not always go smoothly each day. Mistakes and obstacles will come up.
Handle these adverse situations with a positive attitude. This includes finding the good in all circumstances.
For instance, look for three positives in each issue. This encourages others to interact more positively while resolving it.
Pointing out the parts of a problem you are happy about helps others work with you to more quickly find an answer. Everyone should think clearly and find a way to overcome the obstacle.
Maintaining positivity promotes engagement and productivity among your colleagues and coworkers. Displaying enthusiasm and confidence creates a work environment that encourages problem-solving.
4. Embrace Feedback
Encourage colleagues and coworkers to give, receive, and implement constructive feedback. Include what is being done well, what could improve, and specific steps to do better.
Promote honesty and clarity when providing feedback. This helps employees improve their performance.
Recognize colleagues and coworkers for their contributions and results. Include what they did, the steps they took, and something specific they achieved. Encourage your colleagues and coworkers to continue to perform their best.
Giving and receiving feedback helps guide employees in the preferred direction. This impacts how successful the company is in reaching its goals.