Most leaders want the company, business, organization, church, or team they lead to be effective. Leaders want to see the group they lead reach and exceed its goals. One of the best ways to be effective is to listen to those you lead. Here are seven great results of listening to those you lead.
1. They Will Provide Great Insight and Ideas. The people you lead have great insight and ideas about how the organization, team, business, etc... can become more effective and productive. Daily they are involved in the activities of the company. They see things from a much different perspective than managers, directors, coaches, supervisors, etc... However, most leaders never tap into this valued resource of insight and ideas sitting dormant inside the hearts and minds of those they lead. They have leadership and management meetings. Decisions are made at these meeting which affect the company. Yet, the thoughts of those they lead are rarely taken into account. One of the best ways to improve as a company is to get your employees involved in the success of the company by tapping into their ideas and insights. There are very intelligent and creative people who work for you. Tap into this valuable resource.
2. They Will Be More Productive. Once employees, volunteers, member, players, etc... see that their ideas and insights are valued, then they will become even better at what they do. Their productivity will leap!
3. They Will Feel Valued. When a leader of a group asks members of the group for insight and ideas, members will feel important. They will feel like they matter to the company. They will not simply feel like people who are punching the clock, but they will feel like they are making a contribution. Those who feel like they are making a contribution, rather than punching the clock, will join with the company in setting, reaching, and exceeding its goals!
4. They Will Take Greater Ownership. When the ideas and insights of those you lead are genuinely sought after, they will take ownership in the company. They will become more than those who just show up and leave, rather they will take pride in helping build the company, church, team, organization, etc...
5. They Will Have Positive Attitudes. Negative attitudes in employees, players, members, etc...can sometimes be a result of authoritative leadership. Authoritative leaders rarely listen. Authoritative leaders see those they lead as simply tools to accomplish the company's goals. They fail to see those they as people who are intelligent with great insight and ideas. The style of authoritarian leaders is to tell the employees what to do. Then, if they do not do what they were told to do, fear-based consequences are put into place to scare the employees. Yet, when the group becomes a part of setting goals for the department or company, with positive rewards when goals are achieved, they will have a much more positive attitude because they will feel like they are a significant part of the company, rather than just an employee of the company.
6. They Will Show More Respect. So often we hear that a leader's goal cannot be being liked by those he or she leads. The leader with this mentality leads with a chip on his or her shoulder looking down on those being led. When this is the case, those being led will perform at a much lower level. Their self-esteem will decrease. Their feelings of ownership will decrease. Their respect for the supervisor, manager, director, etc... will decrease. There is nothing wrong with those you lead liking you. It doesn't mean you are a poor leader if you are liked. When you treat people with value and respect, they will show respect back to you. When you show kindness to those you lead, they will show kindness to you. Kindness is not a weakness, it is a strength! Unkind leaders are weak people because they are very insecure in their leadership. Secure leaders show value, respect, and kindness to those they lead and in return are shown great respect. The more they respect you, the more they will do for you! One of the ways to gain more respect is to listen to those you lead.
7. The Company, Church, Organization, or Team Will Improve. When leaders begin to create a culture of listening to those they lead, immediate improvement will happen. Improvement in attitudes, actions, and accomplishments will happen. Ideas the leadership team would have never thought of will come. New insights will emerge. Improvement will happen.
Listening is a small thing which can have BIG results for you company, church, organization, team, etc... Start today creating a culture of listening to those you lead and watch the great things that happen!
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