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Simon Sinek’s Excellent Talk on What Makes a Great Leader [Video]

Simon Sinek, leadership expert and author of Start With Why, has recently done an excellent talk on TED.com about how great leaders motivate their employees to greater heights.

I highly recommend you take a moment to watch the 12 minute video. It is a very clear story about leadership and the kind of leadership that inspires loyalty, trust, and cooperation.

Sinek suggests that the difference between a good leader and a poor leader is that a good leader makes their employees feel safe at work, despite the uncontrollable stressors their everyday lives. As he says, the only variable conditions are inside of the organization.

Within an organization, leaders can control the environment, leading by example. Employees will do remarkable things when given the chance, in the right environment, with a great leader.

Helping employees feel safe will foster trust and cooperation, which are emotions that can’t be artificially stimulated. As I’ve discussed before, fear in the workplace is the greatest enemy of productive, engaged employees.

If the message in this video resonates with you, the first question you should ask yourself is: “I wonder where I fit on this scale of trust, loyalty, and cooperation?”

The next challenge for you is to find a way to measure that question, objectively. The only way to measure your leadership (and the leadership of your management team) and its impact on your employees is to do an employee engagement survey that recognizes the two broad dimensions of employee engagement – the cognitive or rational AND the emotional.

As Sinek so clearly states, the variables that really matter in leadership (real leadership, as opposed to management or authority) are those emotional connections that are hardwired into the human condition.

Everyone wants to be part of a tribe. The question is: how well is your company doing in creating that culture for your employees?

>> Workplace Engagement Insights provides real, objective data with our employee engagement surveys. We can help your organization create a culture of motivated, engaged employees. Contact us to get started!

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Written by Dwight Lacey

Dwight Lacey

Dwight is the President at Workplace Engagement Insights. He leads Workplace Engagement Insights with a clear understanding of the latest employee engagement research, survey best practices, and leadership styles that create successful businesses.

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