To be a strong and effective leader in the workplace, you need to be able to engage your employees. Being able to engage your employees will lead to better overall communication, a higher productivity rate, and greater morale within your team. All of these positive outcomes can lead to greater success.
So, how can a leader effectively engage their employees? Are there certain personality traits better suited for this role?
Since no two people are the same, a strong and successful leader doesn’t have to be one certain way. There is not one single personality trait that is exclusive to leaders. However, these are four strong personality traits that can make you a more successful leader for your team.
Visionary leaders have a detailed picture of what they want to happen. They can communicate this vision to their team, sharing how each person has a role and fits into that picture in an important way. This type of leader establishes standards for each worker so they can help fulfill this vision. By engaging their employees in this way, they help their employees feel committed to a greater purpose.
Leaders who are producers have high expectations for their employees. They set the example of producing results and performing at high standards, and their workers understand that they should model them. While it’s very effective that employees see their managers doing hard work, and doing it well, it’s also necessary for leaders with this personality to communicate standards. In this way, performance standards and expectations will be known on paper as well as modeled.
Some leaders create a team that is engaged because they function best with collaboration. These leaders spend time talking, gaining new ideas, building consensus, and buy-in from their workers. Collaborators build trust, commitment, and strong relationships with their team members. Gathering input can allow leaders with this personality trait to understand a lot about their team, including motivating factors and concerns. Fostering this open communication and engagement can help collaborators problem-solve very effectively.
A coach develops people, and this is the same for a leader in the workforce. Leaders who are coaches are excellent listeners and help guide their workers to become better overall professionals. They help develop their workers’ strengths and try to assist them in overcoming their weaknesses. They want each worker to grow and be more successful, and this will create a stronger team in the process.
In the end, while you may have stronger leanings to one trait or another, each of these personality traits is important for an effective leader. By understanding your leadership personality, you can better understand how to communicate with your team. Plus, you can also consider the other traits, depending on the circumstances, to lead a more engaged team.
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