As a leader in your organization, it is imperative that you consistently look for areas you can improve upon in your leadership style in order to keep up with overall employee morale and productivity. Even the most productive and successful leaders sometimes are scrutinized for their work habits by members of their team. To boost employee engagement and morale, it’s important to try and view your daily activities as objectively as possible to determine the areas you need to improve your leadership performance.
Ask employees for feedback
Sometimes one of the easiest ways to figure out where you need to improve is by asking those who work with you every day. If you believe you’ll get honest feedback by talking to them, arrange one on one meetings with employees and ask them for constructive criticism on how you’re faring as a leader. More often than not, these conversations will not be comfortable for employees so instead, put together a confidential survey that employees will be able to fill out honestly and without fear of repercussions. Before asking for this type of feedback, try to be as realistic as possible because it could be that employees believe you could stand to work on many facets of your job. Always remain professional and welcome any constructive criticism in stride.
Encourage others to find the answers
As a leader with an entrepreneurial spirit, you will feel the need to fix any problem that arises as quickly and painlessly as possible. While being proactive when it comes to issues is great, you should also encourage employees to come up with answers themselves, especially if you are confident in their abilities to make a decision on how to counteract a problem.
Most managers struggle with effectively delegating tasks to team members as employees must be constructively challenged for them to grow within the company. Look at how you currently delegate tasks and see if they could be broken down further and distributed to other members of the team. When delegating, consider the strengths of your employees but also try to push them to try different tasks that would help them acquire additional skills.
Refocus your goals
Everyone has a motivation to get up every morning, turn on the coffee pot and head to work. The most influential leaders have a passion that inspires them toward excellence. If you believe that the work that you’re doing is important, you’re naturally going to motivate others with your positivity and clear direction.