Want the secret to truly transforming your organization? Most effective leaders will tell you trust and connections are the building blocks to progress. Having an appreciation for relationships in your workplace – and taking steps to foster those relationships – is what sets average organizations apart from superior ones. Here are some of the core principles every leader should live by.
Empower and Support Your Team
It’s not enough to simply want your employees to perform their jobs well. You must invest in them as individuals, not solely as contributors of your team. Demonstrating to employees that you care about their personal and professional growth will show you’re invested in their individual success, rather than just the success of your company. Empowerment and support can come in many forms, including collaboration, mentorship and work-life balance.
Reciprocity is Essential
One of the most common misconceptions is that leadership is a one-way street. Effective leadership is steeped in reciprocity, in which ideas and opinions can be exchanged freely without feelings of judgement. Allowing employees to express themselves and voice their concerns is essential for promoting growth and innovation within your workplace. Having mutually respectful relationships between leaders and subordinates creates an environment in which every person has a voice in the decision-making process.
Success Stems from Relationships
It’s easy to implement a bunch of policies and procedures and hope everybody follows them. What’s not so easy is maintaining strong relationships with employees that propel them to growth. Solid relationships with employees begin with communication, trust and respect which is often rooted in the culture established by your leaders and managers. Investing in the quality of relationships on your team is by far one of the most powerful ways to build a thriving workplace community.
Without a strong sense of trust and connection in the workplace, your organization is bound to fail at some point. Understanding the principles above and their importance in building a positive workplace will help you develop a culture that breeds success.
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