First, Truly Care About Their Needs
Sincerity is easily detected by those around you. If you really care about those that you are leading, they will be able to see. Likewise, if you are not sincerely engaged in the needs of those around you, they will easily be able to detect this, no matter how much you try to hide it. To impact others, you must truly care about their needs.
Secondly, Remove All Distractions During Meetings
One on one meetings with your team are essential in any business, small or large. These meetings allow you to effectively connect with each team member individually. In John Maxwell’s book, Becoming a Person of Influence, there is an entire chapter dedicated to connecting with your people. In this chapter there is a quote from John Luther that illustrates this well. He says, “Natural talent, intelligence, a wonderful education…none of these guarantees success. Something else is needed: the sensitivity to understand what other people want and the willingness to give it to them.” When you conduct these meetings, turn off or completely silence your phone and don’t have any screens available to distract you during the meeting. Be present and fully engaged with your team when you are with them. This will go a long way to influencing them in a positive way.
Connection and sincerity are two key factors to helping you impact others with your leadership. Hopefully these things will help you achieve the maximum impact with those you lead.