In order to deal with the high demands of their jobs and maintain a healthy lifestyle, successful business leaders must be emotionally bionic. The good news is that employees who like their leader are more likely to stay loyal and get more done which leads to increased productivity for themselves as well as higher morale among team members.
Here are some tips and tricks you can use with your employees–and your clients and vendors, too!-to demonstrate great leadership skills. By implementing these suggestions in your business, you’ll create trust and loyalty by consistently showing that to the people who work for or alongside you.
- The start of the day is a great time to demonstrate high levels of enthusiasm for the new workday.A great way to motivate yourself is by starting each day with an energetic attitude, enthusiastic smile, hearty handshake – whatever it takes for you personally! Not only will this help energize people around you as they go about their morning routine (and yours), but compliments can also be very uplifting in themselves too.
- Employees can feel ignored or worse yet, demoralized when you hide out in your office for hours at a time. You should spend plenty of time walking around the company with your head high and smiling on your face to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to see you and get what they need from their boss without too much trouble.
- Celebrate your small victories by setting attainable, meaningful goals regularly. Make sure to recognize the people who help you win! Bring in a cake and some soft drinks for an outstanding performance on any project – no matter how big or small.
- Giving employees time to clean and organize their spaces is a great way for them to decompress, which can help relieve stress. Orderly desks allow your workers to work more efficiently on projects because they know exactly where everything goes without worrying about trying to find it again later. Giving every few months between two or three hours of dedicated cleaning time will give these downtimes from productivity and let you see what needs attention in terms of office organization. Thereby giving your employees working conditions that are less stressful with files easily located and computer repairs completed quickly so everyone gets back into business fast.
- You can tell that the 3:00 p.m. slump is coming when people start to look a little tired and just another few minutes in their seats might make them break out into full-on yawning mode, so take this as your cue to go around and ask how they are doing — everyone needs some encouragement from time-to-time, especially after all of those hours spent sitting in an office chair.
- Create a locked suggestion box and periodically review the contents to provide feedback on your employees’ ideas for improvement or new initiatives they would like to implement. This will allow you, as their employer, to address any issues before it becomes too big of an issue in order not only keep them motivated but also retain good talent.
- Suggestion Box: “I have two suggestions I’d love for our company.” says Rayna from Administration – Marketing Department (AM). First request is that we put up posters around town with beautiful women photographed by me; second one is about scheduling vacations so people can unwind after months-long work marathons. Let’s start taking care of our team!”.
- You want your employees to care about the work they’re doing, so why not show them you do too? Allow time off for volunteering at community projects our company supports or flex time for those who need it. Reward excellent performance with special privileges: ball-game tickets, restaurant coupons, theater tickets – whatever makes their day a little more exciting.
- A friendly office atmosphere will encourage employees to share their talents with other co-workers. One way would be by creating a lunch group for your coworkers where they are free to interact and have fun together! Employees are always looking for ways to make their jobs more interesting and engaging. A good way is to allow them the opportunity teach others what they know or do best, even if it’s an uncommon skill like chess! Imagine how much your employees will appreciate you when you show that not only have a respect for them but give them freedom of expression in return too.
- One way to avoid workplace drama is by learning how not to be someone’s target. If an employee does something that provokes your anger, instead of blowing up at them, try and understand what they’re going through or why they did it in the first place before telling them you are disappointed in their behavior. When delivering a critique make sure it never becomes personal criticism; this will help improve performance rather than discouraging people from continuing on with the task because all humans hate being criticized for who we are as a person- which is pretty terrible.
- People will love you for many reasons, but one that always holds true is your sense of humor. Laughing genuinely isn’t hard, and it’s contagious too! Make sure to show your humanity by being lighthearted in person as well as online.