Clorox CEO Benno Dorer was named the highest-rated CEO in 2017 based on anonymous employee reviews submitted on the job site Glassdoor. Dorer got a 99% employee approval rating and often referred to the company values and working according to those values, as one of the significant components of Clorox’s success.
According to Dorer, at Clorox, everyone is united by the values of the company, and people are empowered to take ownership of his or her work, while the leaders create an environment that supports this empowerment. When leaders lead by example, it helps their employees grow their beliefs in their leader, and as such, leaders can efficiently transmit their inspirational motivation to them. Consequently, it leads to making a positive vision, setting high standards, and establishing zeal along with optimism for attaining success at work. It is vital to the success of any business.
Inspirational leaders have a genuine interest in their employees
Inspirational leaders have a genuine interest in their employees, and they are fully aware that their employee’s inspiration and motivation level directly impacts their organization’s performance. Research shows that inspirational leaders transfer their enthusiasm and high power to their subordinates by modeling the behaviors they expect from their employees. As a result, this has increased their employee’s engagement and boost performance by 100%.
Employees would devote additional extra effort at work if they reported to a leader who stimulates and inspires trust in the company. It can become very disheartening for an employee if the leader proclaims one thing, like valuing employee input, communicating change, asking for feedback, and thereafter modeling behaviors that are in direct contradiction to what is espoused.
The world has an employee engagement crisis
It will erode all trust while creating a very toxic place to work. The world has an employee engagement crisis, many companies and leaders worldwide recognize the advantages of engaging employees, but sadly many don’t. Although some of these organizations have instituted surveys to measure engagement, however, employee engagement has barely budged in well over a decade. Gallup, for example, has been tracking employee engagement in the U.S. since 2000.
Though there have been some slight ebbs and flows, less than one-third of U.S. employees have been engaged in their jobs and workplaces during these 15 years. According to Gallup Daily tracking, 32% of employees in the U.S. are engaged, meaning they are involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their work and workplace. Worldwide, only 13% of employees working for an organization is engaged.
Inspirational leaders are admired, respected, and trusted because their employees identify with them. In turn, they want to emulate their leader by incorporating the behaviors they experienced in their development and leadership. According to Schein, organizational culture is a direct result of a leader’s behavior and values. Still, more importantly, people tend to emulate the conduct of their leaders with the assumption that their actions are right.
Lead By Example
Leaders are most potent when they lead by example. If the leader of the company does not believe in the vision and values of the organization, your employees will quickly identify the insincerity. Employee engagement significantly increases when leaders successfully “walk the talk” and model the behavior they expect from their employees. It will make their employees become more engaged with the vision and be willing to make more sacrifices to achieve the organizational goals.
Inspirational leaders inspire their people to believe that the impossible is possible, they hold their people to a high standard, and they have the ability to make employees do more than what was expected of them at work simply because they lead by example.
About Gifford Thomas
I am the founder of Leadership First and the author of The Inspirational Leader, Inspire Your Team To Believe In The Impossible. At Leadership First, we are committed to publishing the very best inspirational leadership quotes and articles to inspire our 210,000+ community of leaders to believe in the impossible, while creating an environment free from toxic, fearful and intimidating leadership. We believe everyone can and should enjoy their work, but it must start with the leadership leading by example. Follow our community of leaders HERE, and let's change the leadership status quo to help inspire and motivate our leaders to make a difference and create an organization their people will love.
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