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The Best Leaders Look in the Mirror

Sep 11 2017

Experience has shown me that the best leaders are prepared to look in the mirror.


I recently spoke to a successful CEO who said “I need to preserve the energy I have. Unless I know that I am fully engaging the people around me, I’m making hard work for myself”


The higher up the organizational tree, more emphasis should be on ‘leading’ and less on ‘managing’.


Wouldn’t it be a shock if you discovered that your influence on others turned them to disengage and leave their ideas and innovation in the car park?


In Australia, the figures are staggering with around 60% of employees are disengaged* with their workplaces – they do what is asked of them in getting the job done, pick up their pay and go home.


Around 16% are actively disengaged in their workplaces. These are people who are actively a burden on your workplace.


This leaves around 24% who are actively engaged – proactive in working to improve workplaces, challenge the status quo and always looking at ways to improve productivity.


Such people are gold! Want to know how to lift engagement? Look in the mirror!


The good news is that engagement is dictated by the attitudes, actions and behaviours of workers next up line manager.


Have you provided opportunities for either yourself or your leaders to ‘look in the mirror’ to get high-quality feedback on how others see you or them?


This is an investment that potentially reaps a significant reward for your business.


If you are interested in finding out how effectively you engage others, let’s chat.












 

* Gallup Employee Engagement 2011-2012