The Great Motivator: Becoming a Leader Who Inspires Employees

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You can develop your leadership skills by developing your employees.

Some people say that a person is born a leader, but the truth is more often that leaders are made. All businesses should invest the time and money into creating great leaders in their company who will inspire their employees to do better. If your company is interested in succeeding and being at the top, you will want to consider the following tips to help you understand how leaders can inspire your employees.

Micromanaging Doesn’t Work

A successful leader is going to trust her employees to get the job done without being micromanaged. Leaders who micromanage subordinate employees will only encourage the employees to resist them as leaders. However, those leaders who allow their employees to do their jobs will imbue their employees with more incentive to do a good job.

Provide an Example for Employees

A good leader must also be one that provides a good example for employees to follow. If you are a leader who spends your day socializing with employees instead of working, your employees will do this too. It is important for leaders to stay on top of the tasks at hand so the employees will do the same.

Develop the team.

Developing the team is critical to growing and strengthening your business.

Provide Team Motivation

A good leader will motivate the team to be the best it can be. By pushing the employees to do better, they will usually succeed. Employees who are not pushed to do better run the risk of stagnancy and this will be reflected in your company’s profits. However, when pushing the employee to do better, a leader must be careful because using fear as motivation often backfires.

Offer In-House Advancement

Many employees are often motivated by advancement within the company. If your goal is growth, consider advancements from within the company. An employee who feels they stand a chance at becoming a leader in the company will do their best to improve their management, leadership and/or technical skill as much as they can and stay on task at all times. Encourage your employees to develop the skills they’ll need for advancement. Employees who actively try to improve by earning organizational development degrees and doing their best every day should see that their efforts get rewarded. This will help you retain your best employees and build a competent, experienced managerial staff.

Get to Know Employees

A true leader is also one that will take the time to get to know the employees. He or she will understand each employee’s motivation and reasons for wanting to succeed. Talking to employees and checking in with them on a regular basis will give the employee confidence in your abilities as well as in their own.

Whether you are trying to become a better leader or you want to inspire your own employee to lead the employees successfully, by following the above tips, you will be one step closer to your goals.

About the Author:

Emma is a freelance writer from Boston, MA. She writes most often on education and business. Find Emma on Twitter @EmmaSturgis2