Whilst some leaders are ‘naturals’ when it comes to engaging employees, many more struggle with achieving a highly charged and motivated workforce. The mistake that many leaders make is to put too much emphasis on the systems, processes and various HR initiatives designed to recognise and reward workers.

Whilst it is important to have these things in place, what is equally important is the level of support and human interaction which occurs in an organisation. In our technologically driven world people are crying out for human contact more than ever before. Therefore, the key to employee engagement is not so much about devising some clever reward and recognition scheme, and more about being authentic and communicating with people from the heart with passion and conviction.

Leadership skills training and leadership skills courses equip leaders with the essential skills to boost employee engagement levels. If you are ready to discover how to inspire, motivate and engage your people now, then read our top 5 tips below:-

1. Be yourself

Regardless of your style of leadership, you need to be authentic in your words and actions. People regard individuality very highly so if you want people to listen to you and respect you it is vital that you come from a place of authenticity. However, you can only do this if you are really self aware and develop high levels of emotional intelligence.

2. Be principle led

Great leaders always operate from a strong set of internal principles. This kind of moral code makes it easier to make decisions and problem solve. Leaders with a strong set of values inspire confidence and loyalty from their people as their employees believe that they can trust them to steer them in the right direction.

3. Be an exceptional communicator

Superb communication skills are essential for leadership effectiveness. Communication is as much about listening as it is about speaking. Great leaders make a point of finding out what the needs, wants and aspirations of their people are. The ability to inspire and influence people through spoken and written words are also important skills for leaders.

4. Be a visionary

In order to encourage people to follow a certain path you have to be able to metaphorically paint a picture of a desired future. This is only possible if you already have a strong vision and a clear sense of purpose. People also need to understand where the vision comes from and what the benefits are to them of getting on board with it.

5. Be visible

It is all very well having the best of intentions when it comes to engaging with employees but if you spend all day locked away in your office you will struggle to achieve your aims. Great leaders are visible. They appear to be everywhere even if, in reality, this cannot possibly be the case. Interacting with employees is crucial in order to develop their trust and increase their commitment levels.

Author: Karen Osborn is a highly experienced National Account Manager working in the Learning & Development arena on bespoke development programmes and organisational culture. Karen leads and creates effective learning & development programmes for a range of clients at leading training consultants, Thales Training & Consultancy.