How can you make your business team more productive? Today’s employees aren’t drones stuck in cubicles like a Dilbert cartoon. Your subordinates live in a social media world and expect personal engagement. Here are 5 ways to better relationships with your subordinates:
The first step is to connect more deeply with your inner self and to use that self-realization as the basis for your leadership. Connecting to your callings, and learning to love and trust your intuition gives you confidence. When you act from fear and doubt, you won’t motivate anyone else to support organizational change; however, when you are sure of yourself, you inspire your subordinates to trust you.
Know Your Subordinates
Research shows that the most effective leaders have a high emotional intelligence, meaning they understand people and can read their thoughts and feelings. One way to become better at emotional intuition is to get to know your subordinates. Spend time with them and find out about their families, their interests outside of work, and their particular fears, strengths, and dreams. As you build personal relationships with subordinates they will develop trust in you and will be willing to trust your leadership even when it requires extra perseverance and dedication to a project.
Pay Attention to Emotional Needs
How someone feels about the ups and downs of a project or assignment can greatly affect how hard they will work to overcome problems. Asking employees about their feelings about their work can help. Allowing them to safely express how they feel can help you recognize aspects of a business project that cause stress on your subordinates and ways that you as a leader can help to reassure them and keep them motivated and on the right track.
Be Positive and Confident
The people under you want to know that the goals you set are achievable and important. You set the tone for how they feel about their work. When you present your goals confidently, you set a positive tone for meetings and personal dealings with employees.
Keep Your Cool
Inevitably, problems will arise in your business plans and employees will deal with stress and anger at each other and at whoever is in charge. Modeling the behavior you want from your employees is important. Keeping your cool and remaining in control of the situation helps your subordinates have confidence in your leadership and goals and can prevent the members of the project from getting off track.
In these days of continual change in business through globalization, social media feedback and integration, business leaders need more than talent and good ideas, they need to have the emotional intelligence that helps them have good relationships with subordinates so that goals can be accomplished.