Rules of Engagement: Don’t Be a Stranger When it Comes to Your Team

As I think about some of the greatest leaders I have personally known and worked with, the ones that had the most positive impact on my life have shared one common characteristic.  They engaged the people on their teams.  It really is true that the team is only as strong as its weakest link.  Keeping fully engaged with all the members of the team helps bring up your weakest team members and keeps everyone moving in the same direction towards the same goal.

Let’s make a hypothetical example.  Let’s say you have two identical teams that share the same abilities, strengths, and weaknesses.  They both are led by leaders who have the same abilities, strengths, and weaknesses except one thing.  Leader A does a good job of engaging the members of their team and Leader B only rarely engages the members of their team.  I guarantee you 100 out of 100 times, the team with Leader A will be more productive and ultimately more successful.

Here are a few tips (you could go so far as to call them rules) on engaging employees or other members of your teams that you find yourself leading:

Listen carefully to people’s opinions.  What people perceive influences how they act or behave.  If individuals don’t believe their opinions are valued, why would they offer suggestions on way to improve the business?

Don’t shoot messengers.  Avoid coming down on team members who inform you of problems or setbacks.  When it comes to leadership, ignorance is NOT bliss.  You can’t deal with and fix what you don’t know is broken.  Making employees or other team members feel bad for keeping you informed is not the way to enhance their engagement.

Keep them informed.  Make sure team members have the information they need and want.  Take special care to do this on subjects of direct interest to them in getting their jobs done.  People feel respected when they’re kept “in the loop,” and that feeling will likely have a positive effect on your relationship with them.

Draw the connections.  Describe and emphasize the linkage between what your team members do and the organization’s overall goals and objectives.  For example, consistently meeting daily production requirements, quality, and on-time shipments connect to an organization’s goal of superior customer satisfaction.

Engaging people is not hard to do, but making yourself actually do it is what can be a challenge.  It is far more important to your team members that they know that you care about them than any special knowledge you could ever provide them.  People are built for relationships and they thrive when they are engaged in them.  Make engagement with team members a priority in your life.

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About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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