Tips to Help Leaders Empower Their Employees – Ryan Ayers

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Having engaged employees is critical in any business or organization because they are looked upon to take initiative, bring motivation, be innovative and bring proactivity for the company’s current needs.  Organizational leaders must approach this matter and lead their employees to increase engagement levels. It takes more than just motivation.

When employees are engaged within the company, they are emotionally connected to their fellow peers as well as cognitively attentive to the direction of the team. This connection increases communication, loyalty and trust, which will lead to an increase in productivity.

Employees who feel empowered and connected to their team members are more open to new ideas and tools. Employees who feel connected are more likely to collaborate. Collaboration will lead to decreased conflict and increased motivation.

They will think about new ways to improve their work ethic and skills, rather than do the bare minimum that’s required. The positive attitude coming from engaged employees can become a prerequisite for innovation. Empowered employees will know what’s expected, improve tasks, participate in opportunities for growth, and know they are a part of the team that make the company continue on.

Tips to Become a Leader:

Being an organizational leader requires experience, confidence, and a distinct set of skills. There are three leadership styles that will either gain or lose empowered employees.

The first type of leadership is called directive leadership. This type of leadership is needed to instruct your employees as well as enforcing consequences if requirements are not met. This leadership can be good for new employees but not for experienced workers, because you will have to be a constant dependence for them.

The second type of leadership is called participative leadership. I this case, you will need to become collaborative and communicative with your fellow employees to reach the company’s goals. You will need to always bring positivity to work and encourage your employees to be creative. This will lead to employee’s contentment and retention.

The third leadership skill is known as delegative leadership. This requires you to still be a leader but take a “hands-off” approach and let the employees make decisions. This leadership will allow team members to lose motivation because they don’t have a guidance for direction. This leadership style is least effective.

Listed below are some tips leaders should acquire to empower their employees.

Trust:

The organizational leader needs to gain loyalty and trust from the team members. This is done by giving them the benefit of the doubt. In other words, let the employees go about their projects in their own way to accomplish them. This will reveal an employee’s work ethic as well as their motivation.

Clear Communication:

Leaders need to communicate a clear vision to their employees. It’s your job to get everyone on the same page and in the same direction. Clearly establish roles for the employees so they know which steps to take to finish the job correctly and in a timely matter.

One-On-One:

As a leader, it is important to sit down with your employees and talk to them in a one-on-one conversation. Make the effort to get to know your staff and help them grow. This is important because it leads to a friendlier environment as well as a more productive environment. Leave your door open instead of shut. A leader who is open to listen to their employees will also help you grow as a leader.

Support Time-Off:

As a leader it’s also important to support vacation time. You want your employees not to burnout and rather be well-rested for their productivity. You should foster an environment where a long weekend here and there is okay. Everyone needs a vacation and life just happens. It’s important to be flexible with your employees, like those Monday blues.

Inspire:

You also need to inspire creativity amongst the team. Solving problems in one particular way may not be the best and quickest way for every problem. Collaborate with your team for ideas and solutions. Having two heads is better than one in most situations.

Try Cross Functional Integration:

Cross-functional integration can help an organization gather information through employees working together rather than a singular department. Different members can apply different expertise to gather information, mine big data and present visualizations for a project or an idea for the company’s growth.

Appreciate Your Employees:

Show appreciation to your employees. What ever it may be, let your employees know that they are doing a good job and to keep it up. Employees will feel more satisfied and encouraged to continue their high-quality work.