Recently, Jeff Weiner, the CEO of LinkedIn, offered career advice for anyone hoping to be a great leader. Weiner, who is the highest rated CEO on Glassdoor for 2017, said "Inspire, empower, listen & appreciate. Practicing any one of these can improve employee engagement; mastering all four can change the game." Weiner's focus is on developing these qualities as a leader, whether as a CEO, manager, or other leader in a company. These qualities, though, can and should be developed by anyone wanting to progress in their career.
When you inspire others, two big things often happen. First, they want to get to know you better and have you on their team. Second, people often want to be more like you. You can inspire others through your compassion, work ethic, honesty, dedication to the company, and a number of other positive qualities.
Closely related to inspiring others is empowering them. As a leader, this empowerment often comes through providing the resources to allow those under you to succeed. Helping others to see their potential and allowing others to feel useful are empowering skills that can be used by anyone in a workplace, no matter their position in the company.
People want to know that their voice is heard. Putting away distractions and responding to other people's comments helps them to feel like their voice is heard. Part of listening is realizing that your opinions and ideas are not always the only opinions and ideas, or even necessarily the best opinions and ideas. As a leader, implementing other people's ideas helps others to know that you have listened.
Everyone wants to feel appreciated. Thank others when they help you, when they do something good for the company, or when they have presented a valuable solution to a work-related problem. When appropriate, recognize someone's help or accomplishments in a public manner.
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