First, ask yourself

First, ask yourself…

As a leader, do you set the right example?  

Contrary to what some people might tell you, employees today do want to be committed to the organization.  They take pride in going above and beyond.  They desire to feel like they are really making a difference and contributing to the success of the company.  But 99 times out of 100, they will not feel this way simply out of the blue; it begins with the actions of the leader or manager.  Ensuring our employees are fully committed to the organization starts with you. As the leader, show your employees that you are fully committed to doing the same things that you are expecting out of them.

For instance, do you “live” the mission and vision of the company that you so often preach?  Are you willing to roll up your sleeves and help out to get the “not so glamorous” work done when you know it will benefit the team?  Are you proactively looking for ways to improve your performance?  Do you have a positive attitude towards the company?  Are you willing to do whatever you have to do in order to satisfy a customer? 

Employees can’t be told, tricked, forced, manipulated or “managed” into committing to the organization.  They must make that choice on their own, but it is up to the leaders to help them make the right choice!  As leaders, our actions ALWAYS speak MUCH louder than words. When those around us see that we “practice what we preach,” they will be much quicker and more eager to fall in line and be led!

**This week’s tip was taken from “Committing to a Common Vision” which is the November session of The Compass Program. Click Here to view the schedule of all 12 sessions for The Compass Program. 

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