As a leader, the best way for you to communicate with your employees is to get to know them. You can assign them tasks that they can do well if you know them well. You can also take advantage of their strengths if you know where they are good at.
You cant just predict what they could possibly do. There are ways for you to know them better and work well with them.
Speak with the employees individually
You need to take the time to speak with the people you work with. Ask the personal and professional questions. It must be in a relaxed environment. You can take them out for lunch or dinner. You can also bring them to your office during break time where you can freely talk about anything. These relaxing conversations will make them open up.
Ask about what they do or prefer doing
You will know the people you work with if you also know their interests. You need to find out what makes them happy. You can ask about the books they read or the shows they watch. Their interests are a reflection of their personality. Besides, you might have something in common if you ask them. You can use it to bond with them.
Attend social gatherings
Even if you consider yourself a leader, you need to make sure that you still take time to meet with the people you work with outside the work environment. If invited to a social gathering, you have to attend if you have free time. You will find people feeling more relaxed in this environment.
Create a relaxing ambiance for meetings
Some companies eliminate meetings altogether because they are deemed negative. You dont have to do the same thing if you see meetings as crucial for the success of your business. However, you need to make the environment more relaxing when you have these meetings. Avoid an extremely formal environment as it prevents people from speaking their minds. You should also respect people if they have something to say even if you did not like it.
Always be authentic
You dont need to act like a leader all the time. People will respect you even if you are authentic and relaxed. You dont need to be prim and proper when speaking with your employees at all times. They will feel more comfortable opening up to you when you are authentic.
In the end, everything starts with knowing your employees well. You cant move forward if you dont know any of them. You will make them suffer under your leadership. Before you know it, they already decided to leave you.
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