The business world is well aware of Gallup’s recent findings that only 30% of U.S. employees are engaged at work, yet engaged employees are vital to the success of your business.
Gallup’s research concludes that managers drive employee engagement to a large extent, and that those who are best at engaging their workers share certain traits:
– They motivate every single employee to take action and engage them with a compelling mission and vision.
– They have the assertiveness to drive outcomes and the ability to overcome adversity and resistance.
– They create a culture of clear accountability.
– They build relationships that create trust, open dialogue, and full transparency.
– They make decisions that are based on productivity, not politics.
If you want to join the ranks of “great manager,” take a good, hard look at yourself:
– Do you provide a compelling mission and vision for your employees? Have you crafted that vision with your employees or do you just expect them to go along with whatever you come up with?
– Do you give your very best at all times, which is what underlies your ability to drive outcomes and overcome adversity?
– Are you accountable? Do you hold yourself responsible for your actions and their consequences?
– How open is your open door? Genuine, or lip-service?
– Are you invested in productivity, or only looking to please the higher-ups or your spur your bonus/promotion?