Business owners need to rely on employees, to a point, for their own success. One of the best ways to make this work is to remember that employees want success as well. The best way to ensure they help your business succeed is to lead them to their own success.
This is not always an easy perspective to work from when deadlines and profit margins are screaming. Creating an environment in which you lead your employees to success rather than simply manage their work is vital to the success of the business and business owner, and well worth the extra work it takes to get there.
How is this done? By taking a different approach. Leadership cares about those they are leading, while management simply cares about what they do.
Show Them Why They Matter
Each individual employee needs to feel like they make a difference in the business. If they feel that what they do matters, and that they are the best person to do whatever it is they do, they will be encouraged to do their very best.
By seeing the impact their job has on the end product, service, or bottom line, they will be encouraged to work harder at it to do their part in excellence.
Show Them a Bigger Picture“If you don’t know what to do with your life, do something that saves lives. The world is full of people in need.” – Sanjeev Saxena
Working only for profit can become tiresome. Humans want to make a difference, by nature, and making a difference in the pockets of their company doesn’t always fill that need.
While your business may not save lives directly, any business can make changes or support efforts that help others or the environment. Workers that may not have direction or motivation can latch on to this and will be encouraged to work harder and better toward that end.
Allow Creativity and Failure
Allowing employees to take ownership of their jobs and how the job is done, within reason, will not only lead them to strive harder for success, but may also lead to innovation that increases effectiveness and efficiency company wide.
For every 1,000 ideas that do not work, there will be at least one that is awesome, and changes things forever.“It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen“. – Scott Belsky
Care About Your Employees
The best way to lead anyone is to show that you truly care about where they end up. If you show that you only care about the end result for yourself, you are only managing their work in an effort to make certain it benefits you. Leading means you are guiding their work in an effort to benefit everyone, including the employees themselves.
Do this by allowing flexibility and balance, as well as offering benefits that work to keep them healthy. Encourage them to use these offering in ways that make them better employees and better people.
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