How to Be an ‘Ingaged’ Leader

By Shimon Brathwaite, Business News Daily Contributing Writer

Traditionally, engaged leadership means involving everyone in the decision-making process. Ingaged leadership takes this one step further: Rather than simply giving everyone a part in the execution phase, ingaged leaders focus on gathering and using employee input in the planning and design of innovative strategies.

It’s important that leaders get employees involved in decision-making by allowing them to contribute ideas when the company is looking to incorporate changes, said Hackel.

After identifying what areas need to be improved, consult with employees who carry out the day-to-day activities. These employees will be the most familiar with the details of these problems and will be able to give insight on what causes problems, such as delays in processes, inefficiencies, etc.

By getting employees involved in these big decisions, leaders can increase employee motivation, loyalty and commitment to these initiatives. In simple terms, it will greatly decrease the number of disgruntled employees when implementing the changes.

Employees tend to be more accepting of a change they designed themselves than something that was forced upon them, Hackel said, and it results in greater cooperation across the board.

Some of the benefits of ingaged leadership include:

  • Improved profits and growth
  • Greater employee satisfaction and retention
  • The ability to identify and solve issues faster
  • A steady flow of better ideas from employees
  • A more competitive, innovative and satisfying organization

As a leader, it is your duty to get your employees actively involved by communicating with them openly about the direction the company is headed, and then gather and utilize the input they give you to make informed decisions going forward.