Leadership – Connect to Engage!

Written by Richard Gorham

It's been said many times that true leadership is measured by ones ability to motivate and influence others.

Leaders must work hard at motivating people to take action necessary to drive change and to ultimately increase results.

Even though most people would agree withrepparttar definition of leadership asrepparttar 119477 ability to motivate and influence others, most people still have trouble translatingrepparttar 119478 definition of leadership into actionable and measurable steps.

The biggest obstacle faced by many leaders is simply figuring out how to effectively motivate and influence an entire team comprised of unique individuals.

Let's face it, not everyone is motivated byrepparttar 119479 same things, nor is everyone influenced to take action or change behavior based onrepparttar 119480 same factors.

So, what can leaders do to motivate and influencerepparttar 119481 ENTIRE team?

Here isrepparttar 119482 elusive one-word answer: CONNECT.

Leaders must investrepparttar 119483 time in each and every one of their team members to, get to know them - to build a connection based on trust, honesty and respect. (Keep in mind, this personal connection must always remain professional and appropriate. Enough said on that.)

Taking this one step further, leaders must create opportunities for team members to connect.

This personal and professional connection will draw you and your team together, to work more effectively to improve efficiencies and increase production and profitability.

To help you envisionrepparttar 119484 ultimate in a leader that successfully connects with his/her team members, let's look at a fictional example. Any "Trekies" out there? Don't fliprepparttar 119485 channel, this will be quick.

Even if "Star Trek" is not a TV favorite of yours, odds are you probably know enough aboutrepparttar 119486 long running series to appreciate our example.

Regardless of which Star Trek captain you visualize, all are terrific examples of leaders (albeit fictional) who have a unique connection to each and every member ofrepparttar 119487 crew.

It's also obvious torepparttar 119488 viewer that each team member has an unwavering allegiance torepparttar 119489 team,repparttar 119490 mission, and to his or her leader. (envision Captain YOU!)

Just imagine your own team having such a solid connection, both with you and with each other.

Picture you and your team facing exciting and challenging situations together, "Exploring strange new worlds!" and "Boldly going where no one has gone before!"

Maybe this means taking your team torepparttar 119491 #1 spot in your company, and/or reaching new levels of efficiency and/or production!

The prospect of leading a team that is connected is exciting isn't it?

Ok, we've talked about connection andrepparttar 119492 importance of building a connected team. Next we see that connection isrepparttar 119493 key ingredient leaders must leverage in order to raiserepparttar 119494 level of employee engagement.

An employee that is engaged in their work will typically run circles around employees who are working simply by showing up and "going throughrepparttar 119495 motions".

If an employee is engaged, it means that they feel they have a stake inrepparttar 119496 outcome - an honest desire to contribute to something greater than themselves, or even monetary gain.

The engaged employee has emotion tied to their work. Perhaps that emotion comes out of a sense of loyalty and connection to their leader or other team members.

Top leaders understand that in order to connect with their workforce, they need to leveragerepparttar 119497 power of emotion. Only by connecting withrepparttar 119498 individuals can a leader create a powerful team consisting of employees who are committed and engaged.


Now that we now understandrepparttar 119499 concepts of connection and engagement, so let's get specific and share some examples of how a leader can achieverepparttar 119500 connection that will inspire employee engagement:

1. Leaders must know up front where they are taking their team. They must "believe in" and "see a clear vision ofrepparttar 119501 future". In order for you to know when you have achieved your vision,repparttar 119502 vision must be measurable. Here are some examples of a vision with measurable results.

Having FUN In Leadership

Written by Richard Gorham

”Don't measure your life by your goals, but rather by what you are DOING to achieve them.” –Unknown

One ofrepparttar biggest mistakes leaders make is getting so wrapped up in achieving results, they forget to ensure that people are having fun alongrepparttar 119476 way. Indeed, having fun is a key ingredient of keeping employee morale up, and inspiring people to continue to work aggressively toward a common set of objectives.

We here at Leadership-Tools.com were recently discussingrepparttar 119477 subject of inspirational leadership. Although our discussion took many detours into various subject areas, we found ourselves returning torepparttar 119478 basic concept of - having FUN inrepparttar 119479 workplace.

As a leader, you might be thinking that "FUN" is important, but it cannot be paramount in terms of achieving results.

We challenge you, however, to not just think of having in terms ofrepparttar 119480 "webster" definition.

As a leader, YOU need to define fun, and communicate YOUR definition of fun to your team.

First, let us layrepparttar 119481 foundation with a bit of "FUN - philosophy" as we work toward our own definition of "Leadership Fun inrepparttar 119482 Workplace".

We believe there is a huge difference between highly successful leaders and those leaders who are working incredibly hard, but not quite achievingrepparttar 119483 same level of results. The difference, we believe, is in leadership styles. What do we mean?

The highly successful leader today facilitates, leads by example, encourages and participates with their team members to achieve TEAM results.

Whenrepparttar 119484 entire team feels fully engaged and a part ofrepparttar 119485 process, then every team member takes personal pride in achievingrepparttar 119486 results.

Having FUN alongrepparttar 119487 way supports engagement of each team member. Think about it, being "engaged" is fun.

Cont'd on page 2 ==>
ImproveHomeLife.com © 2005
Terms of Use