Your Team Might Like You More After Reading This

Master the art of making other people feel brilliant, respected, and important.

Previously published in Forbes

It wasn’t that Disraeli wasn’t as brilliant as Gladstone. He was. However, Disraeli had mastered the art of making other people feel brilliant, respected, and important.

Which prime minister are you more like? Do you know what kind of “wake” you leave behind you? Do the members of your team feel more intelligent, witty and charming after they have interacted with you after a team meeting or one-on-one? Where are you placing your attention? How you engage with people matters very much. How you do your role as the boss often makes or breaks a person’s decision to stay in their job. Or are you moving too fast to turn around and look at what’s happening — driving always forward, forward, forward?

So, what are some simple ways to begin to engage more productively?

1. Ask others about the wake you are leaving.

Productive engagement is all about being more mindful about how you interact with others.

This is harder to do when you are stressed or stretched too thin. To be mindful, you have to slow down a bit. Make time for an end of the day reflection. Ask others for their perceptions and perspective. These are the little things that add up to a more productive team and work experience.

Founder of Henley Leadership Group. Developing leaders who create happy, productive workplaces. Thought Leader | Executive Coach | Forbes Contributor | Speaker

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