Early in my professional career, I had both positive and negative relationships with my leaders. The positive relationships taught me so much and made an enormous impact on my life for the better. Those individuals transferred knowledge and wisdom, primarily through their actions. Using skills like listening, patience, and confidence.
Many of the lessons I learned, I will never forget and they continue to guide me today:
The negative relationships also taught me so much. I use them as examples of leadership that I want to avoid. I can’t overstate the impact these relationships both positive and negative, had on my life. They gave me the perspective on how I see leadership, today. It’s so important for leaders to cultivate good relationships with their employees.
5 Reasons Why Leader Employee Relationships Are So Important:
First and foremost leaders are called to improve the confidence of their people. When people believe in themselves they are able to produce their best results. Confidence also has a funny way of having momentum. Its almost like leadership can have a confidence snowball effect.
People are capable of so much more than their minds let them believe. Many times, employees need someone to push them out of their comfort zone to face fear, uncertainty, and doubt head on. It’s outside of our comfort zone where we produce the things that matter most.
Leaders set the bar for how employees view and experience leadership. Eventually, those views and experiences mold employees into the leader that they will become. If a leader does a lot of the right things every single day, employees will work to become that example for others as they progress in their career. It’s essentially “paying leadership forward.”
Employees may feel overwhelmed at times when a leader showers them with engagement, but ultimately they do it because they care. By having high levels of engagement, it shows employees their leader cares about them and wants to see them achieve.
The highest calling of leadership is the development of people. One of the most important things a leader can do is provide opportunities for employees to develop personally. There are two primary methods; financial investment or personal investment. Both are extremely important.
John is the CEO of LearnLoft, author of, F.M.L. Standing Out & Being a Leader and host of the 'Follow My Lead' Podcast. He writes or has been featured on Inc.com, LinkedIn Pulse, TrainingIndustry.com, eLearningIndustry.com, CNBC Money, and more. John completed his education at the University of Maryland College.