8 Employee Engagement Principles for Leaders

Being the leader is tough, but you don’t need to get fancy to do the job well. Sometimes being a great leader comes down to following these 8 basic principles.

employee engagement1. Give the Team Credit
Outstanding leaders are held accountable when problems occur, but always recognize the group responsible for a success story.

2. Find Leaders within the Team
Understand that you can’t do everything, and if you try you’ll probably slow productivity. Delegate responsibilities to others and trust the quality of their work.

3. Listen More
Avoid giving out orders and only defining your own needs. One of the most important ways to be a successful leader is by listening to the needs of your team and using these suggestions to better the office as a whole.

4. Be a Resource
Your team needs be able to use you as a resource when they have questions or concerns. This means you should to be easily accessible and willing to and help others. Make following up a priority for those times when you’re unavailable.

5. Do as You Teach
Great leaders are willing to roll up their sleeves and do what’s necessary to get the job done well. By acting in roles you don’t normally fill, you create an environment where people are comfortable pitching in and using their experience to help the company’s overall productivity.

6. Give Clear Direction
Define clear objectives and strategies so your team fully understands their goals as individuals and the overall goals of the company. These ambitions should be attainable in the near future to make it easier for others to see the vision.

7. Confront in Private
Don’t discipline or critique an employee in front of his/her peers. The team should feel comfortable around each other. Public criticism could point someone out as being less capable and it will likely cause resentment.

8. Remain Optimistic
Great leaders keep a positive attitude even while working through challenging situations. If a leader shows signs of worry or concern, employees will notice causing alarm and low productivity.

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About the Author

For more than 15 years Kelly Robinson Jensen has provided recruiting services in a broad range of sectors. As Xelerate LLC’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Customer Officer, simply put, her time is focused on her team and her clients.  Kelly sits on multiple Boards and committees and is a member of a handful of national organizations.  She is the winner of the 2015 SmartCEO Executive Award and actively participates in various local foundations focused on kids, health and economic empowerment.  Additionally, Kelly fills the roles of wife, mother and Aunt to 14 niece and nephews.


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