How to Inspire and Engage as a Leader

Employees are more unmotivated, unproductive, and unenthusiastic than ever before. Leaders everywhere are struggling to get buy-in from their employees and businesses are suffering as a consequence. If you want a good employee you need a good leader. Here are some ways you can inspire and engage your employees and boost your organizational culture.



The first way to inspire people is by having a compelling vision for them to see as a possibility for working for you or for that organization. This vision needs to be something that inspires people and compels them to step into their full expression at work. People are much more likely to get their job done if they believe the work they are doing has meaning. Create a mission-driven organizational culture with a noble cause worth putting in effort for.

The next way to keep your employees engaged is to find out what inspires them and what’s important to them. Why are they in that job? What do they want to get out of it? How do they want to grow and develop themselves? How can you support them through this working partnership? That’s what it is these days, a partnership. Work is a reciprocity arrangement that should be created with heart, spirit, compassion, and connection. Find out what the goals of your employees are and help them achieve what they set out to do.


The third thing you need to become a better leader is a solid framework for how people work together, and honor values and commitments. A high-performance organizational culture is one that is aligned. If you as the leader set rules and standards, it is your job to act in a way that reflects those standards. Operate congruently with the values you put forth and lead by example. When you make commitments and agreements, keep them. Show your team the type of work you want them to be doing. Demonstrate the core vision that you have created and be somebody that people are inspired by.

Ultimately, the best way you can inspire people is by giving them projects that will help them advance their careers and that tap into their innate skills and superpowers. Get to know them as people and create a partnership. This partnership creates mutual respect and trust. Respect and trust create success. Most people simply want to know that the work they are doing is meaningful and have a structured and healthy environment in which to do that work. It is your job as the leader to provide this structure and model the environment that you want to see in your workplace. Change starts with you.

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