Corporate world is a boring place to be in. This is a commonly shared emotion among employees world over. A random survey has highlighted that most people hate going to office especially after the weekend. If this is true, what employer’s can do to change this thinking, to make their employees more enthusiastic towards work? A training program or outdoor picnics, can such activities raise employees dedication to work. Unfortunately, no. Likewise, a free coffee or lunch is not going to change much in their perceptions. An unhappy and disengaged employee cannot give his/her best at work. That is why the role of leaders is created in the organization. An ideal leader is the one who can inspire his subordinates to do what is best for the company.

Traits of an inspiring leader

  • Enthusiasm:
  • A leader cannot be inspiring unless he is inspired. No matter how many leadership-training activities you have participated, if you lack the passion towards work, you cannot ignite passion in your subordinates. Ignite the passion within you first and then pass on the torch to others.

  • Have a vision:
  • It is difficult to achieve anything big unless you have a vision. So, as a leader develop a vision, a plan of action on how you envision to meet a goal. A number of leadership development programs today focus on helping leaders develop a clear vision, which in turn helps them to project the overall brand image better. A clear and bold vision goes a long way in inspiring subordinates to work hard and meet goals.

  • Practice the art of selling
  • It’s a fact that most employees do not care much about company’s aim of growing sales. A CEO of a big retail firm once said that it is important to sell the benefit to your employees. A company’s goal might be to raise stock price or increase sales by 10%, but how a leader communicates this to employees’ makes all the difference. If you talk about their benefit, such as job stability, increment, and flexible timings, they will be more enthusiastic towards work. An inspiring leader is the one who lets his employees know what is in it for them.

  • Invite participation:
  • The most sought after way to be an inspiring leader is to invite participation from your team. Make it a practice to allow your team voice their opinions on different aspects related to job. Pay package is one thing that can motivate employees but not for a longer time. They need more than that - they want to be heard. Therefore, give them a platform to speak and express. Arrange for team building activities for them to give them a chance to bond well. Likewise, you should take part in leadership development programs to polish your interpersonal and leadership skills.

Author's Bio: 

Arun Rao is a corporate trainer in reputed company and who writes on numerous topics including Leadership Development, Induction Training, Corporate training & Innovation Workshops, to name a few.