Leadership Tip

How to engage your team

Showing respect enhances a leader’s influence and performance – and our latest study found that it’s the leadership behaviour with the biggest effect on employee engagement. Yet many leaders struggle to show respect to their employees. To become a more respectful leader, try these tips:

  1. Ask for help. Collect feedback from trusted friends and colleagues about when they’ve seen you treat people well or badly. Then look for patterns. When are you at your best? How could you treat people better?
     
  2. Reflect. Keep a journal about when and why you are uncivil. Being more aware of your behaviour is an essential part of improving it.
     
  3. Work with a coach, or mentor. A skilled coach, or mentor, can assist you with uncovering the reasons for your uncivil behaviour and taking steps to change it.
     
  4. Be accountable. Identify one behaviour change to work on, then have your team help you track your progress.

The above leadership tip...
was sent in response to a question from a participant on our acclaimed 10/10 leadership development and mentoring programme and adapted from The Leadership Behaviour That’s Most Important to Employees by Christine Porath. Whether you're a first time manager or an experienced leader, straightforward, practical advice on best practice is hard to find. Until now. To find out how you, your team or your organisation can benefit, please join us on our next complimentary webinar or contact us.

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