One of the simplest and most overlooked actions a leader could take to increase a company’s production and performance is to create a personal impact with their employees.
Leaders must be diligent in how they appropriate their time. One way they must use time is by engaging with their staff. Not just on a work level, but on a more personal level. This is what I call, “Personal Impact”.
Time is our most valuable asset. How wisely you use it, will determine how much success you will have. Carving out time to create a personal impact with your employees beyond just basic work interests, will forge a stronger bond, trust and a feeling of, “Hey, my boss is pretty cool to work for” mentality.
Two ways to create Personal Impact:
1 – Authentic Consistency
2 – Roll Up Your Sleeves
This is basic and simple, yet highly overlooked, especially for its effectiveness. Essentially, it’s getting off your butt, and out of your office to speak with your employees on a personal level. Not a work level, a personal level. Keep the questions generic. Ask about their life, family, kids, how their weekend was or maybe a recent life event. More importantly, make sure to listen.
Listening is the key. A person who listens carefully to what someone says is generally viewed as being a more likable person. As a result, the person being heard tends to care more for you. But you must be consistent and authentic in how you do this. It can’t be just a one and done.
So get out there and engage with your employees on a personal level. Show them that you care. That they are not just a cog in the wheel. That they matter to you more than just a number in the corporate system. And you will be surprised at how much more performance you will get out of your employees.
Roll Up Your Sleeves…
Being in a position of leadership does not mean you are automatically a leader. You need to get in there and work with your employees. Show them that you are not just a boss. That you are willing to get your hands dirty and work with them. That is leadership.
Go take the service call. Make the product. Show your team you can do the job that they do. There are far too many managers running departments who don’t even know how to do the jobs of the people they are managing. Be different! Your employees will respect you and work harder for you. Simply put, actions speak louder than words!
The benefits to Rolling Up Your Sleeves:
1 – Shows believability you can get the job done.
2 – It allows you to re-educate yourself on the nuances of the job.
3 – It allows you to evaluate the system at hand to see if is working efficiently.
4 – Provides opportunity to evaluate your staff in the immediate.
If you want to inspire better performance and productivity from your employees, get out there and create a personal impact. Talk to them on a personal level. Roll up your sleeves and work with them. Doing this will lead to a better bottom line and a healthier work environment.
Always Be Leading!
Bernie Pigott is a professional speaker and consultant in the areas of leadership, management and media communications. Mr. Pigott is a C-Suite Network Advisor and contributing editor for the C-Suite Network. He is a former Senior Manager and Producer with over 20 years of experience in the news industry working for FOX News Channel, FOX News Radio and CNBC. For a FREE consultation on how Mr. Pigott can help you and your organization maximize performance, productivity and profits… Contact us at BerniePigott.com.