Learn About Emotional Engagement

Even if your leadership team is good, they can always become great. There are many characteristics of a great leader. However, according to a recent article from Fast Company.com contributors Ken Blanchard and Scott Blanchard, 50% of the fight is getting employees to be emotionally engaged – but now they can learn how!

An effective leader is not necessarily a great leader. There is something left to want with only effective. A great leader emotionally engages his employees. Studies show that the best leaders create self-motivation and self-direction within their employee pool.

How can your leaders do the same?

In our work with leaders, we recommend taking this a step further and actually sharing what you know about yourself with others. We call this identifying your leadership point of view — taking an inventory of who you are as a leader and how you got there. The goal is to create a leadership story that you can share with other people.

Most people are afraid to show any of the vulnerable situations that occurred on the climb up the ladder, but it’s another way for employees to identify on an emotional basis. This will also help your employees develop trust.

Leaders who see their employees as partners have a more solid work relationship. Working together in this way builds commitment, regard and motivation toward company goals. This type of interaction can get more things done, faster. But it must be done carefully.

The best executives have a deep passion for their business, for their people, and for what they do.

Managers don’t have to choose between people or results – it’s possible to have both. It’s also possible to have personal goals that match up with the goals of others. If your organization hasn’t tried to build stronger relationships at work, click here to see how it could benefit your business.

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