Leadership should not be limited to your management team. Leadership skills are valuable throughout the organization. By inspiring your employees to take the lead, you’ll increase engagement and build a team that is fully invested in the success of your organization. Begin by being open to new ideas and allowing your employees to take charge at times.
Commit to Communication
To increase engagement, keep employees in the loop regarding the organization’s vision, goals and strategies. Share challenges and upcoming projects and encourage your people to offer ideas or feedback. Ask them to share best practices with their coworkers and take ownership of projects that they are involved in.
Solicit New Ideas
Make clear to your employees that their ideas are welcome. Hold regular meetings where employees are encouraged to think outside the box and share their ideas. Implement or at least investigate ideas that have merit. Take their efforts seriously. Seeing that their input is valued will make employees feel like an integral part of the organization and will encourage them to come forward with additional ideas.
If you take innovation seriously, you must reward it. Give your team opportunities to brainstorm and problem solve. Not only will this help your current organization, but it will also attract candidates seeking an employer who will value creativity. By establishing a reputation as an organization that encourages and rewards innovation you’ll attract the best people.
Seek Development Opportunities
Identify employees who are quick to take charge of projects and mentor others. Create a program that will allow highly motivated employees to advance their career within your organization. This will improve retention and prevent you from losing your best people to a competitor who recognizes their potential.
Engaged employees are happier, more productive and more invested your organization. To increase engagement, initiative and innovation, offer consistent opportunities for employees to contribute and reward them when they do.