The business world has changed a great deal over the years. Decades ago, employees came in, punched the clock, did their jobs, and went home. The millennial workforce has changed that, though. Ninety-one percent of millennials have aspirations to be leaders, according to The Millennial Leadership Survey. Business owners need to give millennials opportunities, or they will become disengaged. As an employer, it is essential to provide leadership opportunities to employees so that they will have pride in their work.
While it might seem frightening to relinquish some control, proper leadership development will make your business stronger.
Delegating tasks is an essential aspect of leadership development and employee management. When done correctly, delegation can build leaders within the organization. Effective leaders tap into their emotional intelligence to use empowered delegation in the workforce. This includes delegating important tasks completely, providing support, and focusing on results.
By utilizing emotional intelligence, leaders realize they can give employees autonomy over tasks without losing control. Managers and other leaders are still in charge while empowering others to take ownership of essential functions.
Have a Mentorship Program in Place
Your organization likely has some effective leaders already. You can create even more by including a mentoring program in your employee management plan. This can manifest in a variety of ways. Some leaders create book clubs for their mentees. They assign a book about leadership each week and meet over lunch to discuss it. This is an excellent option for voracious readers, but not everyone will respond to this leadership development strategy. Using emotional intelligence once again, tap into the employee’s needs and determine want will work for that individual. In some cases, a simple weekly meeting where the employee goes over goals and struggles is helpful.
Be Open with Information
Some companies put staff members into boxes. Leaders get the information, and employees do not. This creates an us-vs.-them mentality and does not foster leadership development.
When you are open with information, you create confident employees who can take on leadership responsibilities when necessary. Informed employees understand the inner workings of the company and know how to make decisions to help reach specific goals. This type of empowerment also creates satisfied employees who feel like they are working toward a company wide goal.
Empower Your Employees
Don’t look at employee management as a way to get the herd to comply with your rules. Instead, use emotional intelligence to connect with employees and turn them into leaders. With your help, your employees can develop their skills, learn how to lead, and make your company more profitable. Most importantly, you will empower employees without actually giving up their power and control.