- Show empathy towards your staff
There’s a difference between sympathy and empathy. Sympathy is feeling compassion or pity towards another while empathy is understanding one’s feelings and putting yourself in their shoes. Let us not forget that our employees are human beings too, who sometimes get sick and encounter problems. So treat them right, pay attention to how they’re feeling, both emotionally and physically. Showing empathy is one way you can elicit your people’s loyalty and it’s a trait every leader should possess.
- Communicate with your staff
Communication is a key part of managing your staff, you talk to them or send a message when you want to get things done right? When were to focus on our business goals sometimes we forget to check up on our employees, they’ll appreciate it if you ask them how their day was, the struggles they encounter and if they have any concerns. Connecting with your staff is also a way of understanding them so take time to listen.
“Sometimes, what a person needs is not a brilliant mind that speaks but a patient heart that listens”.
- Recognize their hard work
It’s important that you recognize your employees work hard to earn their loyalty and keep them working for you, always pay attention to those whose performing well. Remember that your employees are well aware of how their performance and if they think they’re actually doing a great job but you’re not rewarding them it’s likely they’ll seek another job that recognizes their talent.
- Be open to new ideas
It’s just natural for a boss to have a different method or strategy in running their company but to be a great leader you should learn how to take in new ideas too, especially if it’s something that will benefit your business. Listen closely to your staff’s advice or if there’s anything that needs to be changed or improved, don’t easily assume that what they’re suggesting is wrong.
- Be a great leader
If you want to be a great leader you need to set a good example for your people to follow you by, show them that you work hard in accomplishing your goals and at the same time you take time to listen and show kindness. If you want to earn your employee’s loyalty, it’s pretty simple just show them that you genuinely care! Remember it’s the little things that we do that counts the most.
“Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care”. – Theodore Roosevelt