The following content is paraphrased from a Profiles International presentation on leadership charisma. Learn more about it by downloading their whitepaper here.
What is the most important challenge to leaders in any economy?
Getting positive results.
No matter what challenges any business has, the bottom line is that they need to improve results, whether it’s sales results, networking results, hiring results or anything else in the business realm.
Trimming costs, reworking business processes, and even reducing your workforce are all examples of things you can do to help your company improve its results. However, these are tactical tasks that can only be used for so much. To see consistently positive results, focus on improving productivity. Your team’s contribution to business success will be directly related to how engaged they are with the business and their jobs.
Employee engagement will affect the extent to which employees genuinely want to do well in their jobs and help their organization achieve its desired results. It affects their discretionary efforts; how far they are willing to go beyond their job responsibilities in order to help their organization. When employees are motivated enough to give discretionary efforts (without feeling pressure to do so from the company), you are going to see their best possible results.
According to the Towers Perin “Global Workforce Study,” companies with high employee engagement enjoyed increases in operating income and financial growth. Conversely, low levels of employee engagement showed a drop in income and decline of earnings per share. Disengaged employees could cost you the results that your organization needs to succeed.
What factors contribute to employee engagement?
- Benefits – These include salary, health benefits, bonuses, etc. However, the motivational force behind bonuses only lasts until your employees receive (and spend) it.
- Environment – It’s hard to improve employee engagement if their work environment is oppressive or boring. Try to inspire innovation in your office environment with a few creative tweaks.
- Relationships – Employees who have good office relationships are more likely to enjoy their jobs and stay with the company. Good, productive relationships help keep an employee invested in the welfare of the company, whereas negative relationships could cause disengagement.
- Job Satisfaction – Employees with jobs that fit their personality, spark their interest and suits their skill set will be engaged simply because they enjoy what they do. If they are capable of doing something they love, engagement will follow.
- Leadership – Managers and leaders are critical to employee engagement. Even if an employee has good benefits, work environment, relationships and job satisfaction, a bad leader can sabotage employee engagement.
The two most important factors in driving engagement are job fit and leadership, with substantial long-term impact.
Job fit depends on an employees ability to meet the skill requirements of a job, the match between an employees behaviors and the position, and the interest an employee has in doing the job. If there is a bad job fit, good management is impossible. In order to be a good leader, you need to make sure all your positions are filled well, by the right people.
What factors contribute to being a good leader?
- Engaged employees – Good leaders engage their employees at a high level and get high quality results from them.
- Charisma – Leaders engage their employees through charisma and high expectations of themselves and their teams. Leaders’ expectations become employees’ expectations. Charismatic leaders also know how to encourage their employees, communicate well, and recognize the strengths and weaknesses of their employees.
6 Critical Behaviors of Charismatic Leaders
- Be a Beacon of Positivity
- Communicate Effectively
- Tailor Your Vision
- Be Energetic & Enthusiastic
- Recognize the Greatness in Others
- Use the Charismatic Power of Belief in People
Being a charismatic leader results in engaged employees, increased productivity, and positive results.
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