Skilled and high performing leaders are a key driver for increased employee engagement and performance, and the nearest leader is actually the most important factor according to a study by Gallup. Leadership training, therefore, continues to be the #1 priority in corporate training as companies seek to increase employee engagement, performance and retention, which all improve business results. But do your leadership training efforts actually have a lasting effect on your employees?
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The best salespeople are great listeners—that’s how they find out what the buyer wants. The same is true for leaders—the best leaders are great listeners. A good leader listens attentively to employees to find out what they need so they can perform and deliver effectively. More than that, listening to people shows a sign of respect. It makes them feel valued.
But research shows that we only remember about 20% of what we hear. Listening looks easy, but it’s not simple. It requires concentration and energy. We often become unfocused, concerned with our own next response, or we interrupt.
Why you should have 1:1 meetings
As a leader, you have plenty of priorities and most likely not enough hours in the day to accomplish them all. You have to lead your employees, lead your managers, manage your stakeholders and a million others tasks and issues that pop up. However, many leaders make the crucial mistake of neglecting one of the most simple and effective ways to increase employee engagement and business performance. Simply meeting with your employees 1:1 on a regular basis increases employee engagement and job satisfaction.