How Can Managers Inspire Employees to Be a Leader?

Career development is important for many of today’s employees. Millennials in particular tend to value growth and sustained progress and may be tempted to jump ship if an employer can’t provide it. This combined with the predicted shortage of organizational leaders within the next five years has resulted in 83 percent of companies saying it’s important to develop leaders at all levels. Here are some specific strategies to boost leadership skills in your employees.

Lead by Example

Perhaps the best way to inspire your team is to serve as a role model. Some traits commonly seen in great leaders include:

  • Assertiveness (this is the middle ground between aggressiveness and passiveness)
  • Enthusiasm
  • Reliability
  • Responsibility
  • Conscientiousness
  • Tough-mindedness

Get in the habit of displaying these traits so your employees will have a template to draw from.

Encourage Creativity  

All leaders encounter obstacles at some point, and they may not always have the immediate resources needed to deal with them. When this happens, they tap into their own personal creativity and often improvise to overcome whatever they’re facing. You can inspire employees to become leaders by encouraging their creativity. This should get them comfortable with trusting their own ability and instinct and using out-of-the-box thinking to succeed.

Issue Challenges

Seldom does serious growth come easy. It’s often the result of facing real adversity and overcoming it. Your employees will never know what they’re made of and the power they possess unless they’re challenged from time to time. So try to push them to get out of their comfort zone and take on new responsibilities where they can hone their skills.    

Hold Them Accountable

Another mark of a leader is being able to admit when they’ve made a mistake. You can instill a deeper sense of leadership in your employees by holding them accountable for their actions. Whenever they commit a blunder, make it their responsibility to be part of the solution.

Inspiring leadership isn’t just important for your employees’ career development. It also contributes to the longevity of your company and ensures that qualified individuals are available to replace those who leave. Using these strategies are just a few ways to develop leadership in your team members and capitalize on their abilities.

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