As an HR or a manager, you really wonder what employees talk about you; do they like me? Or they just say what I want them to say? You might be so busy at work without even having the time to communicate with the staff. Therefore, if you are in such position, make sure you always pose this question to yourself: How far did I go with boundaries between men and my staff?
- You may possible hear nice comments from your employees, and at the same time, you may not hear anything. To be a great leader, you must search for the truth in the comments you are given, either from your friends, families, employees or other leaders.
Be the person who triggers conversations along which you might be praised, even if the person praising you is faking it, and make people feel comfortable to say the truths. Make sure you ask the people around about what you are missing (as in actions), what you are excessively doing and what should be done more. Wait for an answer and keep it in mind.
- What do you think about criticism? Do you take it personally? Does it annoy you? Do you just ignore hearing it or do you react defensively? Do not forget that you’re the boss, and many watch you to learn from your behaviors. Negative reactions to criticism, even when they are constructive, just ruin this honest relationship with employees and lead to half-truths. It may be difficult to be honest all the time, yet it is all you need for real improvement.
- When employees feel a bond with their leaders, through which they can say the whole truth, they become a part of the company. When they feel uncomfortable with a wall separating them from the leaders, they become disinterested and they will back up on the fact of placing efforts for their job.
- Studies have shown that 75% of the skills that tell between good leaders and great ones are emotional and social neither based on data nor academic competencies. When ineffective leaders are promoted, your employees will consider you ineffective as well.
Evaluate your competencies. Search for actions that can bring people to love you and respect more. Reflect your concern to your employees and show them that you care about them as humans as much as you care for what they can offer.
As a conclusion, destroy all the borders you’ve created that ruin the communication and honesty with your staff. Make sure you give them comfortable environment to speak the truths, freely. Show them how important it is for you to receive their comments, either positive or negative ones. Consequently, try to make changes according to their feedback, and if you don’t, explain the reasons.