How to Engage Your People

Posted on: October 27th, 2011 by bobmorris

 

Here is another valuable Management Tip of the Day from Harvard Business Review. To sign up for a free subscription to any/all HBR newsletters, please click here.

Engaged employees are essential to a manager’s success.

Without subordinates who care about, participate in, and take ownership over the work, even the best boss will flounder.

Here are three ways to win your employees’ engagement:

1. Be modest. Share both your mistakes and your successes. Subordinates will see that you’re both human and don’t have anything to prove.

2. Show that you’re listening. People tune in to body language. Manage where you look and what you do with your hands so that employees know you’re paying attention.

3. Don’t have all the answers. Managers should catalyze problem solving. Be willing to admit that you don’t know what the answer is and invite your team to toss around ideas.

Today’s Management Tip was adapted from “How to Cultivate Engaged Employees” by Charalambos A. Vlachoutsicos.

To read that article and join the discussion, please click here.

Also, be sure to check out the new book Management Tips from Harvard Business Review, based on HBR’s Management Tip of the Day.


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