You’re a leader. And your performance is measured directly or indirectly by your team’s employee engagement. How do you actually engage your team? Well, it all starts with you!
In this two part series we’ll take a look at some ways to engage your team and lead like a rockstar.
1. Sing your heart out.
You think Janis Joplin and Arianna Grande engaged people's’ hearts by humming a little tune? No. So sing your favorite song out loud.
What I mean is: Find one area of your team’s work that gets you almost as excited as your favorite song. Develop your passion and show it!
How about that tried and true product that’s selling well, that awesome website improvement, a new set of data, a new development in your field, or the fabulous speaker at your retreat?
Celebrate it, talk about it, weave it in to the beginning of your meetings, write a thank you note about it and post it on the hallway wall, have a photo of it on your desk, and make a loud point to tie it to your team’s goals and rewards.
How can you expect your team to be engaged unless you are? By singing your heart out, they will notice your engagement. It will free them up to engage too.
2. Do you want to know which team members are engaged and which are kissing up to you? Take note of where their focus is. The truly engaged employees will bring you new interpretations or new songs, and the kissers up will mindlessly sing after you.
Gallup shows engagement has hovered around 31% for years in the US. So you don’t have anything to lose. Scared to embarrass yourself? People respect others who have conviction more than those who have blandness.
Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose…
Nadine Greiner, Ph.D. provides Executive Coaching and Human Resources solutions. Her mission is to make the executive experience exceptionally enjoyable and effective. She believes that the world needs great leaders, and has dedicated her career to helping them.
As an organization psychologist and former corporate CEO, Dr. Nadine understands the pressures and demands executives face. She offers her clients the high expertise that only comes with three decades of consulting success, and a dual Ph.D. in Organization Development and Clinical Psychology. Dr. Nadine is an in-demand speaker, teaches in doctoral programs, and coaches other consultants. She is the author of two books: ‘The Art of Executive Coaching: Secrets to Unlock Leadership Performance’, and of ‘Stress-less Leadership: How to Lead in Business and in Life’. amazon.com/author/nadinegreiner