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How To Use Engagement To Become A Better Leader

If you run a simple Google search for How to boost/grow engagement as a leader, you’ll find a whopping 40+ million articles offering guidance on how to become more engaging or how to boost the engagement levels of your teams.

The leaders of the world clearly continue to struggle with achieving these goals.

In a Forbes article last year, According to Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace report, only 15% of employees are engaged in their jobs meaning that they are emotionally invested in committing their time, talent and energy in adding value to their team and advancing the organization’s initiatives. More Gallup research shows that employee disengagement costs the United States upwards of $550 billion a year in lost productivity. So one could see why this is both a serious problem that most leaders and managers face with today’s workforce — but also an amazing opportunity for companies that learn to master the art of engagement.

Learning to master the art of engagement… how can you do that?

The speed of change in workforce dynamics has dramatically increased, and leaders are facing a whole new set of challenges. Particularly now in 2019, as advancements in artificial intelligence continue, leaders and individuals must focus on the human element of their business. After all, it’s about the engagement of PEOPLE. One way to do this is by working to develop the emotional intelligence of themselves and of their teams.

Engagement starts with the leader. They must empower and inspire their teams. They must be authentically and honestly invest in their people. A great leader values higher engagement levels, not because it means higher revenue, but because it means their people are happy.

Our Engaging Leader Program was designed to help individuals enhance motivation, commitment, and engagement of their teams. They do this by first taking a look at their own emotional intelligence behaviors, how they are showing up at work with their teams. Instead of just focusing on a number from an engagement survey (that are often skewed as employees answer differently out of fear,) they complete a Genos Leadership 180 Assessment. During the assessment, they receive feedback from a selection of their colleagues on their EI behaviors in areas such as:

1.Self-awareness 2. Awareness of others, 3.Authenticity 4. Emotional Reasoning 5. Self-management 6. Inspiring behaviors.

The assessment encourages raters to answer how important certain behaviors are for that role, and how often this leader is seen to demonstrate them at work. Then the leader (or a group of leaders) take part in the Engaging Leader Program, typically run over 1 day and facilitated by Marcus van Wyk. First, attendees dive deeply into multiple areas of employee engagement and why it’s crucial for organizational performance. They gain insight, feedback and know-how on effective leadership competencies that motivate and engage people. Then they learn a practical technique unique for raising the motivation and engagement of their team person-by-person. Attendees on the Engaging Leader program can complete a time 2 assessment after six months and review their progress. They also receive guidance on responding to feedback from colleagues and development workbook for improvement. If you’d like to learn more about the Engaging Leader Enhancement Program, contact Marcus van Wyk at marcus@marcusvanwyk.com or +27 82 685 8896

About Marcus

Marcus is a leading South African and African Speaker, Teacher, Assessor, and Author, in the sciences of applied emotional intelligence for leadership, sales, and workplace human development. For more information on workshops and assessments kindly call +27 82 685 8896 or email marcus@marcusvanwyk.com 

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