Your organization is a reflection of your values as a leader. Moreover, your team—whether big or small—will mirror the standards you establish. For this reason, it’s essential to encourage and incentivize the right code of conduct that will inspire leadership within your company. The world is in desperate need of leadership; every domain from politics to the professions is looking for those who can take initiative.

And the best part? Due to the demand for leadership, you’re in a unique position to meet this need as a workplace leader. As the figurehead of your organization, you set the tone and standard. With that being the case, you may wonder how you can influence and inspire leadership in your team.

Luckily, there are numerous ways; here are 7 to consider for your organization.


 1.  Lead By Example

The word lead means to go first; this entails a sense of obligation to uphold your own workplace values. If you operate by the adage “Do as I say not as I do,” you’re missing the point of leadership. Embodying your own values and principles (by acting them out) is the best way to get your team to embody them as well.


2. Use Positive Reinforcement 

People will do more for recognition and encouragement than for monetary rewards. Your team thrives on your positive attitude towards them. For this reason, making it a point to acknowledge productivity and quality performance is essential. Your workplace will flourish if you recognize the hard work and dedication of your employees.

This simple act can encourage their creativity, resulting in more innovative contributions. Here are some additional benefits of positive workplace reinforcement:

  • Encourages the desired behaviour to continue
  • Fosters a healthy workplace dynamic
  • Creates a strong employee-employer relationship
  • Establishes workplace expectations
  • Helps employees excel in their positions
  • Makes people feel appreciated and recognized


3.  Create A Healthy Work Environment

People need to feel safe in the workplace; this helps them feel comfortable and, as a result, enables them to contribute in unique and creative ways to solve problems. But how do you foster this kind of environment? By creating a healthy company culture. Encourage everyone’s input; keep an open door policy; ensure all lines of communication remain open, etc. These simple suggestions work in unison to create a safe and healthy workplace culture.


4. Take A Sincere Interest

It doesn’t always have to be about business. Yes, work needs to be done and it’s critical to keep that focus; however, let’s not forget that the people on your team are exactly that—people. They have hobbies, interests, and passions. And the more you take a genuine interest in them as individuals, the more they will want to perform for you in an effort to return your generous and good-natured approach.

Here are a few ideas on how you can take a greater interest in your team:

  • Practice active listening when they speak about themselves
  • Ask them about their lives during breaks or before and after business hours
  • Remember personal things they tell you and bring them up in later conversations
  • Inquire about their goals and ambitions for the future

Yes, this process is additional work. But it has the potential to pay off in the long run. Your team will become more engaged and loyal as a result of your authentic desire to connect with and learn about them.


5. Consider Providing Mentorship 

People invest when they are being invested in. Offering mentorship to your workforce communicates that you see their potential. Moreover, it is a signal that you not only see their value but that you want to help cultivate it. Whether you are the mentor or it’s another manager or leader within the organization, providing a mentor is a great way to inspire leadership within your team.


6. Articulate Your Vision

Everyone wants to be a part of something bigger than themselves; this is a natural human tendency. If you can properly articulate your vision, making it clear and powerful to your team, they will be inspired to contribute in any way they can. This concept is essential. Failing to tell your team where you’re planning to go (defining the “big picture” if you will) will result in a lack of people rising to the position of leadership.

At the outset, this may seem obvious; however, it is often overlooked by many entrepreneurs and business owners. For this reason—in addition to many others—it is absolutely critical to clearly articulate your vision if you want to draw the best out of your team.


7. Encourage Contribution

This is another act that may seem obvious. If you want to develop leaders within your team, they must contribute and take initiative. Yet, far too often, company environments aren’t conducive to team members feeling safe to contribute their thoughts and ideas. It’s not that this is ever done intentionally; it’s just how some company cultures developed due to a lack of intentionality.

And that is the crux of the issue. So with this in mind, what’s the solution? Intentionally create a workplace culture where your team feels encouraged to contribute their ideas. Few things will inspire leadership than when your team feels their voices and opinions are valued.


Next Step: Inspire Leadership Within Your Team Today!

Leadership is a necessity in the workplace today. And when the right conditions are met (by following the steps in this article), you can create a safe environment within your enterprise that will allow your team to flourish! At Certified Flourishing Coach, we are a team of expert entrepreneurs, coaches, and facilitators with decades of industry experience.

And with programs on everything from career and creativity to workplace and wellness, we are here to help you flourish. So if you’re ready, contact us today to learn more.

About The Author

Alex Brown

Abe Brown, MBA, Founder of Certified Flourishing Coaching

Abe Brown, MBA, CMCT, CPHSA is the Coach’s Coach, and is an Entrepreneur, Professional Speaker, International Best-Selling Author, and High-Performance Leadership Coach. He is the founder of Certified Flourishing Coach™, the Flourishing Life Coaching Program™, and Flourishing Workplace. Abe is also the author of the Certified Flourishing Coaching™ Programs.

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