Management and leadership involve empowering, motivating and inspiring others. Today, many employees spend so much time in front of the computer that interaction with leaders and managers can be inadequate. Employee loyalty can be low when no positive feedback is received. Part of empowering, motivating and inspiring others means getting them to want to be a member of the team and to succeed. Increase loyalty by increasing job satisfaction. You can do this through empowering, motivating, and inspiring others.
Communication is the key. After all, if you do not talk or interact with the employees or team members, how can they feel empowered, motivated, or inspired? Others should be encouraged to ask questions and share with others. Current information and company updates should also be given. When employees know what is going on with a company they work for, they feel important and valuable. It is these employees who are more apt to be inspired to work to promote the success of the company. Make employees feel as though they not only work for the company, but that they are also part of it. Always reward good behavior, ideas, and hard work. Feeling appreciated is the key to wanting to do more. It is when employees feel undervalued that they lack drive and enthusiasm and fail to work to their full potential. And no, do not send an email. Talking in person shows employees you care to take the time. If working for a virtual company, a phone call will suffice. If you must communicate via email, at least personalize the message rather than having a "mass email" sent.
Empowering, motivating, and inspiring others means involving employees in the planning and decision making process. Let them know that their voice will be heard and that their thoughts, ideas, and opinions matter and will be taken into consideration. Because decisions made will affect the employees directly, they want to feel appreciated and have a say in matters. You would be surprised at the good ideas and solutions employees can come up with when their creativity is allowed to flow! The more heads you have thinking about an issue, the better your have to explore all the options and create a better outcome for the company.
Employee effort accounts for a lot. When empowering, motivating and inspiring others, ensure that your gratitude for their good deeds comes across as honest and genuine. People can tell fake encouragement, so do not insult their intelligence. A good side effect to giving praise and being sincere is that employees will be more likely to come to you, the leader, for things; whether it be a problem they are having or a brainstorm for a great idea. Foster communication, honesty, excitement, and energy about individual employee roles as well as the progress and success of the organization as a whole. You see, everyone in the entire company benefits with leaders and managers empowering, motivating and inspiring others.
If you want to make good use of your time, you’ve got to know what’s most important and then give it all you’ve got. — Lee Iacocca
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