The workplace is rapidly evolving and it’s more important than ever to ensure your employees are content. A happy employee, after all, is a more productive employee. Research has proven that when staff is actively engaged in their work, companies benefit as workers accomplish more and perform more effectively. They are also more likely to come up with innovative solutions to problems, as they feel personally invested in the organization’s success.
So, the question for employers is how do you keep your workforce engaged so they give you their best effort?
One answer is to strive to be a conscious leader, one who inspires their employees to go above and beyond average effort to exceeding expectations every time.
Before you can be a conscious leader, you need to understand the concept. A conscious leader is always thinking about how their supporters perceive them, and they work to ensure that perception remains positive. They acknowledge that they have strengths and weaknesses, and that others may have knowledge and skill sets they may not possess. They listen actively when others speak, and are open to new ideas. They treat those in their employ as people, not robots, and they understand that people at all levels are the heart of any organization.
In short, conscious leaders know and understand that the whole is more than the sum of its parts.
Not every executive is a conscious leader, but with practice, they can transform themselves into one.
Perhaps the most important step leaders can take is to understand the employee experience from the worker’s perspective. This requires a high level of objectivity on the part of organizational leaders, but it’s an essential first step. If leaders don’t understand how a workforce views their jobs or the organizational leadership, it’s impossible to improve the staff’s unique situations and subsequent performance. One has to be willing to come down from the safety of the executive suite and look at your company through the eyes of everyone working there. No role is too small to consider, as everyone plays a part in the success of a business.
A conscious leader is also increasingly self-aware. They regularly take personal inventories of their own goals and accomplishments, and allow themselves to honestly assess their own shortcomings. They’re not afraid to consult others for help or advice, and they don’t hesitate to transform their leadership styles when needed. In fact, many conscious leaders may work regularly with a professional coach.
Conscious leaders are likeable people who establish a corporate culture where their employees can thrive. They exude positivity and they encourage others to achieve and excel. They incentivize performance by offering appropriate rewards, and provide opportunities for their employees to grow and advance in their careers. They understand the value of investing in their workforce, whether it’s through specialized training or professional development.
A conscious leader is more than a capable manager, they’re an inspirational force that drives their company’s success.