It is a no brainer that inspired employees working toward a common goal, can accomplish virtually anything they set their mind to.
The question is, just how do you inspire employees to give their best effort every day? Here are four suggestions for leaders.
1.Set objectives and get buy-in
Setting objectives communicates to employees what is important and what should be prioritized in the organization. This enables employees to put together their individual objectives for personal performance and recognition to bigger organization objectives. Create wins at the intersection of everyone’s objectives to build buy-in and accountability.
2.Build Alignment, and Empower Individuals
Every organization hires smart & capable people, who want to feel good about the work they do. Empower capable employees to make decisions and provide the right amount of latitude. Empowering employees means leaders must take a different role, and that teams must change the way they work together.
3.Evaluate Quality of Thought Behind Every Result
Every individual is unique and the contributions or value they bring to their role is different. When these unique employees are empowered and given freedom, leaders must expect them to execute their roles differently. Here, leaders need to focus on how to evaluate that work when it is done differently than they would have done it? When contribution or output is altered instead of telling them to change, ask them questions about the ‘thinking’ that had created it. To know their thinking, ask questions like, “What are you thinking here?” “Why did you decide to do it this way?”. Answers from these will help leaders understand a person’s thinking, reasons, learn something new, and if they can work in absence of supervision. When employees can work independently, a leader’s time is freed up to do other necessary business tasks.
4.Guidelines for Empowering Decisions
Guidelines provide a framework for making the right decisions for the routine activities in alignment with bigger goals. Guidelines provide clarity where employees are empowered to take the decision and also set limits on where employees do not have decision-making authority. This reduces ‘Leader Dependency’ and fosters independence, whilst maintaining a sense of support and empowerment.