A common reaction to receiving a deadline from your boss is immediately feeling stressed. Sometimes, this can happen several times per day, which at the moment can be overwhelming, and can be discouraging in the long run. Unfortunately, autonomy in the workplace is viewed as a luxury, though it shouldn’t be. A more sustainable model is to let teams, not managers, set goals, KPIs, and deadlines. Instead of pushing deadlines and imposing the will of one person at the top of the hierarchy, leaders have the responsibility of empowering employees to manage themselves and one another. Trusting your employees enables them to bring the best to the table and fosters the growth of a leader-culture acting on the collective knowledge of the team.
Here are a few more strategies for empowering your employees to manage their own scope of work through the perspective of servant leadership.
Invest in Their Professional Growth
It’s worth investing in your employees because those that feel valued are more likely to be concerned about a company’s development. You can do this by offering additional learning opportunities outside of the typical job role, and these skills will allow employees to feel confident in their ability to do their jobs efficiently. As a manager, you should dedicate some time to learning as much about each team member’s skills, goals, and aspirations as possible and use this knowledge when delegating tasks.
Set the Stage
You can promote healthy competition and motivate your teams to do their best by giving them regular opportunities to share their experiences and successes. This way, you don’t have to constantly step in and urge them to do so. Setting up company-wide forums for different teams to showcase their work can also be incredibly motivating because it helps everyone to understand how their work is contributing to the company’s mission.
Not every employee is going to believe in the goal from the start. Servant leaders believe that autonomy can help with professional growth, but they also know that they need to remain engaged with their employees to make sure that everyone understands how they fit into the company’s overall success. When you talk to them, listen to their concerns and leave room for positive feedback. Staying engaged can help you to detect any concerns before they affect your employees’ morale.