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5 ways great leaders engage their employees

Many leaders today feel that a financial reward is the best way to show employee appreciation.

Whilst money, and a world of fancy benefits are key motivators for employees, most people crave positive feedback and acknowledgement of their hard work – although they may not admit it!

Employees also need their leader to provide feedback proactively, not just when they request it. Don’t wait until that monthly appraisal to let your employees know how they’re doing!

“Be proactive, feedback should help people to do their job better and be within their power to improve” – Niel Cope, People Matters.

Here’s 5 qualities that could help you in becoming a great leader and stand out above the rest:

Having a vision

The most important quality you need to be a successful leader is to communicate an overarching vision for your organisation. You need to ensure that employees buy into a clearly defined strategy, it’s hard to be motivated if you don’t know what the company or its leaders stand for.

Being a great communicator

Communication is a balancing act. You need to manage people in the way that you would want to be managed yourself. So think about the things that you didn’t like when you were being managed in a previous role, and act accordingly!

Communicating well is crucial to becoming a great leader. People need to understand exactly what you expect of them.


Being an effective delegator doesn’t mean trying to control every aspect of what people are doing. It’s about empowering your team, giving them smaller tasks, which in turn will give you more time to take control of the strategy and see the bigger picture. By placing trust in your team, their confidence will increase and they’ll become more motivated.

Delegating tasks to the appropriate people is one of the most important skills you can develop as a leader.

Get their hands dirty

You may run the show, but good leadership sometimes means taking on a supporting role too.

Being seen to do some of the less-rewarding jobs that are necessary to run a business will show your team that the little things matter to you. Show everyone you don’t mind doing the donkey work and they won’t either.

Not being afraid to say thank you

To stay motivated, your employees need to feel like the work they’re doing is making a difference. Praise needs to be direct, timely and specific. If someone’s doing a great job, don’t be afraid to tell them. At the same time, don’t just praise them for the sake of it, employee recognition needs to be genuine!


Mastering these key qualities will help you in becoming an effective leader and, in turn, your employees will feel engaged and motivated. They may even begin to love their job… yes, love!

Staff retention levels will increase and a you’ll have created a happy workplace, for both you and your employees. Win win.

At Jobwise, we hold regular employer seminars across the North West in a bid to help SMEs to reach their potential, so keep a look out for our next one!

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