mind your business: 3 Keys to Being an Irresistible Leader
Leadership is a tough job. You must not only be adept at managing multiple priorities, but also possess expert people skills. After all, regardless of the industry, a leader is only as good as his or her team. Without the buy-in and respect of your employees, you'll have a difficult time accomplishing the organization's goals.
The challenge, then, is figuring out how to be irresistible to your team—how to make your message and vision so appealing that employees want to align and partner with you. Attracting and connecting with people naturally results in trust and loyalty. That's why the key for any leader is to create the conditions and experiences that make people want to engage with you. Here are the top three ways to build engagement with your staff.
1. Build Rapport
The best way to build rapport with people is to listen. When people feel heard, they are more likely to trust you and more eager to engage with you. To make listening a priority, start doing monthly listening tours. These do not have to be long sessions—15 minutes is enough. The point is to actually schedule time where you meet with people informally and just let them talk.
At the beginning of the meeting, tell them, "This is a listening meeting. For 15 minutes I just want to hear your ideas, your concerns or anything else you'd like to share." Don't interrupt or dominate the conversation—speak only when the other person asks you a question. The rest of the time, listen and take notes. After the person is done talking, paraphrase what you heard. Taking 15 minutes out of your day to listen will help you forge a greater connection with your staff and make a huge difference in employee engagement.
2. Disagree with Grace