3 Ways to Ensure a Team Follows Your Lead
Real stewardship requires ego-free collaboration. August 14, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Let’s start with the good news: Recent Gallup survey results suggest the highest levels of employee engagement since 2000, at 34 percent. Unfortunately, that’s a far cry from a world where even the majority of employees are engaged in their jobs, so there’s still a massive amount of work to be done. Much has been said about the importance of engagement, but most of the current literature focuses on increases in productivity and retention rate that go along with an engaged workforce. I would add that there’s another vital benefit hiding in plain sight: getting your employees to buy into your strategy and involve themselves in executing your business plan. Related: Five Mistakes that Hinder Employee Engagement When work gets repetitive, a disconnect inevitably forms between what you’re doing on a daily basis and why you’re doing it. According to research from McKinsey, connecting day-to-day tasks to a grand plan helps employees derive meaning from their work, but leadership can’t connect these dots once and call it a day. Instead, leaders must help employees make the connection on their own. DTE Energy President Gerry Anderson knew his employees were disengaged, but he wasn’t pushed to action until the Great Recession hit and threatened the company’s future. With insights gained from Joe Robles, then-CEO of USAA, Anderson spearheaded a campaign to illustrate the purpose behind the power company. It didn’t happen overnight, but employees eventually bought in, and shares of DTE more than tripled over the next decade. Anderson started his effort at DTE with a meaningful movie starring the company’s employees, but there are numerous ways to get your own team invested in your organization’s direction. Start