mind your business: Lead from Need
The most successful CEOs in the world know that to get the best out of employees they must coach and empower them to greatness. As a leader in your organization you want to ensure that your employees feel they are connected (building relationships with others), contributing (doing something meaningful), free (have a sense of choice and autonomy) and growing (developing personally and professionally). Here's how:
To connect with your employees, create greater trust and loyalty by being more authentic. Let go of who you think you should be, and just be yourself. Be vulnerable. We all have the same fears of not being good enough, smart enough or worthy enough, so why pretend we are the exception? The best managers connect deeply with their employees by paying attention to what's important to them. Carve out some time each week to grab lunch or a coffee with your key team members. Find out what they enjoy doing outside of work and get to know them personally. Finally, let them know that you and the company care for them.
Studies show employees are happiest when they know they are making a difference and helping others. But, their contribution often goes unnoticed. Metrics for measuring an employee's contribution should shift from measuring their individual performance to measuring their team's performance. How are your staff members influencing those around them? A staff member with excellent soft skills who constantly uplifts his fellow employees is an incredible asset to your team, yet this won't show up in any assessment. To help your workers feel they are contributing something meaningful, try recognizing and publicly celebrating their accomplishments as often as possible or sharing a client story that shows your employee the difference they are making in someone's life.