How Do You Make Your Workers Loyal? Leadership is Action, Not Position
And since managing people involves leadership, what kind of a leader are you?
The Oft-repeated problems in management and leadership
These are the oft-repeated questions asked by business owners, managers and supervisors in many seminars and one-on-one consultation, as far as I can remember. These are age-old problems in management and leadership.
How do you get your workers’ loyalty?
Again, how do you get the loyalty of your workers? Once you have gained your workers’ loyalty, how do you hold their loyalty for long?
Winning the loyalty of your people in the workplace may not be difficult. But more difficult is making their loyalty last, and make them stay in the organization.
This is so because of competition, where some firms just “pirate” your good people to join them by offering them bigger pay, incentives, and more fringe benefits.
Leadership and Motivation are the key
Through the years I have observed that the best way to gain and hold the loyalty of your personnel is to show interest in them and care for them, by your words and actions, in everything you do.
This involves leadership. And what kind of a leader are you? Leadership is action, not position. This means you must develop leadership ability.
Leadership ability is what you’re capable of doing, that you must know how to motivate your people. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.
A good manager or leader knows how to act, to do. If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
Leadership is action
In the final analysis, it is wonderful when the people believe in their leader. But it is more wonderful when the leader believes in the people, in their capacity to work productively, to be efficient and effective.
This way, the human resources in the organization are maximized to bring results, more output, higher profits.
It boils down to managing people, in leading them, getting their loyalty and retaining their loyalty, for effective business performance.