When it comes to meeting goals and objectives at work, many managers and leaders miss the mark. They don’t know how to inspire others.
The daily grind of micromanaging employees and scraping to get by can be both stressful and exhausting. But successful managers know the key to motivating employees–inspirational leadership.
More so than financial incentives, inspiration and a passion for work go hand in hand in creating an engaged workforce. Inspired employees are more productive because they feel valued.
But, how do we first create inspired employees?
Read on to discover a few, practical ways you can engage your employees with excellent managerial skills.
Practice Time Management
Great leaders inspire others with time management skills.
This means setting aside some time each week to set your weekly, daily, and hourly goals. It also means setting aside valuable time to connect with and develop employees. When you’re a manager, you need to effectively manage time for your own workload, but also for your employees’ individual growth.
Valuing time also means sticking to your schedule. It makes it less likely you will become distracted by the little things when you plan time properly and let you focus on the main drivers of your company’s success.
By adhering to these efficient time management practices, you can lead by example and inspire similar practices in your own employees.
The biggest key to communication that many leaders miss is listening. For employees to feel inspired they must have a voice and be empowered.
This may be part of the reason the most admired companies have ample resources at the senior management level than less reputable companies. These resources allow for each individual employee to be recognized and also help employees connect with the organization overall.
It’s also important to remember: if you are preparing what you will say back while someone is talking you aren’t listening. Communicating clearly requires understanding your audience and being direct in what the expectations are.
Always make sure to be actively listening during conversations with your employees to ensure effective communication happens at every level of the organization.
Great leaders know how to surround themselves with talent. And they aren’t afraid to delegate tasks.
Unless you can manage by delegating you will have a team of just one person: You.
Empowering those around you by delegating responsibilities helps turn organizations into effective teams. Delegating tasks also gives employees a variety of opportunities to showcase their talents.
Giving employees the ability to shine and show what they’re good at can lead to happier more productive works in the long run.
Have Some Fun
Being an excellent manager isn’t all rules and procedures. You can have a little fun while you inspire your employees, too!
Creating opportunities for your employees to come together and bond outside the office can be an effective way to inspire employees through management.
Recognizing the hard work of your employees and giving them an opportunity to have a little fun can instill a sense of gratitude in your employees, causing them to be more loyal or work harder in the future. What’s great is that events can also provide a chance for potentially “burnt-out” employees to relax and recharge, so they’re even more motivated when they return to work. Talk about a win-win!
If you have been wrestling with how to inspire others, it is important to act in the now. There is no part of inspiration that includes procrastination.
Taking time to communicate, network and leverage your team’s experience provides a high return on investment. Your employees will feel refreshed, inspired, and ready to meet the next challenge.
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Looking for more on this subject? Another post from The Centre you might enjoy is “4 Ways To Improve Employee Performance.”
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