Being an effective leader is much more than simply telling the members of your team what needs to be done, and sitting back to wait for the results.

There are a number of leadership skills that, when cultivated, will make employees respect you as a manager, while encouraging them to go that extra mile for you.

Give Employees Your Time

Of course, many of your employees likely get time with you on a daily basis as you dole out assignments and reiterate goals, but you can do more. If you don't currently meet with a team each day for a short time, start. For those employees that have a question during the day, cut out the middle man - email or the telephone - and visit them personally.

Get Social

Let the lines of social and work time blur a bit when it comes to giving your employees face time. Though there are definitely times when business-like demeanor prevails, try to break out of that mold occasionally. When communicating with them, remember those little details about their children or what’s going on in their lives. Think of them, just as you would a customer. Showing your personality is also a good way to develop a deeper connection with them.

Put the Control in Their Hands

Empowering employees can have unexpected benefits. Tapping into their expertise as they are closer to the action can often result in innovative answers to vexing problems. Within certain parameters, encourage and motivate your employees to make their own decisions and bounce their ideas for improvement off you, and other members of the team.

Use Lunch Time as a Time for Learning

Keeping lunchtime learning session fun and informal is a good way to give employees an inside glimpse behind the scenes of what makes the company tick. Combining topics such as the impact the business has made on its industry, guest speakers that demystify their role within the company and new innovations in the industry with brown bagged lunches helps keep employees engaged.

Key Takeaways

  • Take the time to cultivate a relationship with each employee.

  • Carefully constructed social outlets allow those relationships to grow.

  • Show your confidence in employee skills by giving them creative control.

  • Make lunch time fun, useful and engaging while building loyalty.

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