Leaders play a critical role in how motivated and energized their employees are on a daily basis, says a recent article from The Muse, an online career resource.
While behaviors like nutrition, exercise and the amount of sleep employees get have a huge impact on their energy level, so do interactions with others—an idea known as “relational energy,” according to Patricia Thompson, a corporate psychologist and president of management consulting firm Silver Lining Psychology.
Leaders who are “relational energizers” motivate employees to work hard and stay focused on their tasks. These employees report feeling more driven and having greater enjoyment for their work, leading to an increased level of performance, she says.
How can leaders energize their employees?
- Have a positive attitude. Make an effort to be supportive and optimistic. When problems arise, focus on what you can fix rather than complaining.
- Work to cultivate strong, two-way relationships with your employees. Show interest in their concerns and aim to be fully present when talking with them.
- Share your passion. What makes your job meaningful? Be open about personal goals, projects you’re eager to work on and your company’s mission.
- Share your knowledge and experience with your team and show your willingness to learn from others and to receive feedback.
- Encourage open dialogue, allowing employees to question assumptions and share different perspectives.
For more ways leaders can energize their employees, see “4 Ways You Can Motivate Your Team to Do Better Work (More Often).”