Have you ever attended a team meeting and felt like you weren’t included or valued as a team member? It’s a common experience for many people, and it can be demoralizing and demotivating.
Lack of inclusion in team meetings is often due to cliques, not being part of the leader’s inner circle, or the leader being self-focused. As a leader, it’s your job to engage every person.
Here are five ways the best leaders successfully engage every member of their team:
Recognize each person: The best leaders are really good at recognizing people. By greeting and giving everyone the opportunity to express themselves and be heard. It means actively listening to what each person has to say and acknowledging their presence and contributions.
Leaders do not speak first: As a leader, it’s important to set an example by not speaking first in team meetings. This allows other team members to feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and ideas without feeling like they are competing with the leader.
Acknowledge everyone’s ideas: Encourage team members to share their ideas and thoughts, and take the time to review and discuss them. Even if you don’t end up implementing all the suggestions, it’s important to show that you appreciate everyone on the team’s contribution.
Assign tasks appropriately: Be sure to consider each team member’s strengths and interests when assigning tasks. This will help ensure everyone is engaged and motivated to bring their best.
Appreciate each other: Show your appreciation for the contributions and hard work of each team member. It can be as simple as thanking someone for their contribution in a meeting or giving them a wink in a team email.
Ultimately, your job as a leader is to engage every team member and create a culture of inclusivity. Inclusiveness is about creating a culture of belonging and respect, where everyone feels valued and able to give their best.
Lead from within: The best leaders know how to involve every member of the team so that they feel like they belong and are able to fully participate and succeed.
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After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions based on a specific set of values and traits. But over time, every leader reaches a point where their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.
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Lolly Daskal is one of the most sought after executive leadership coaches in the world. His vast cross-cultural expertise spans 14 countries, six languages and hundreds of companies. As Founder and CEO of Lead From Within, her proprietary leadership program is designed to be a catalyst for leaders who want to improve their performance and make a meaningful difference in their business, their lives, and the world.
Among Lolly’s many awards and accolades, Lolly was named Top 50 Leadership and Management Experts by Inc. magazine. The Huffington Post awarded Lolly the title of The most inspiring woman in the world. His writing has appeared in HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post and Psychology Today, and others. His latest book, The Leadership Gap: What’s Between You and Your Greatness? became a national bestseller.