Figuring out what type of leadership skills your management naturally have could be the best thing you do for improving their ability. The characteristics of great leaders vary massively, but understanding the unique skills that define someone’s leadership abilities could be the key to unlocking even more of their potential and improving their relationships with the staff they manage.
So how can you help your leaders improve? Our white paper, The Puzzle of Motivation, takes a look at what leadership qualities really impact staff. We found that people-orientated leaders are the most inspirational, most motivational, and play a big part in staff remaining loyal to an organisation. This skill matters more than technical ability. In your own organisation you might recognise those who’s people-skills could be improved or even those who are naturals and could help to teach others. For those who need some help, these are some areas they could look at.
Taking an active interest in others
There’s nothing worse than the manager who doesn’t know the name of the person who sits on the back table in the corner. Every member of the team should feel important and visible. This is everything to do with how a leader approaches their people. Perhaps this is best solved by giving leaders the time to properly communicate with staff or perhaps a leader needs the importance of recognising individuals made clear to them, either way, this is worth the investment.
Being invested in the impact of everyone
When someone is passionate about the work they do it is contagious. A good leader should bring this attitude to the work their entire team are doing and be the source of constant investment in the importance of each individuals importance. Staff should leave meetings feeling continually energised by a leaders enthusiasm for their work.
Be a listener
Empowering your staff is one of the best ways to inspire them. If employees have spoken up with suggestions and been heard by leaders, they’ll continue to do so. When stress levels rise and pressure consumes time, it becomes tricky for leaders to do anything other than make snap decisions and ensure it gets done. You should make sure leaders have the time and capacity to hear their staff, discuss their suggestions and run with the ideas that have great business potential. When this becomes model behaviour within your departments staff will become better invested, more inspired to contribute and feel more valued.
It has been found that inspired employees are twice as productive as satisfied employees. Can your leaders improve on the qualities they bring to the workplace?
Read our white paper The Puzzle of Motivation here.