Beating leadership burnout through employee engagement

Running an organization demands a lot of responsibilities from leaders. Sometimes, these responsibilities can be such a burden that leaders end up being burned-out.

Leaders experiencing burnout typically feel exhausted, detached, and emotionally volatile. They become slow and indecisive when making important decisions. Leadership burnout also leads to workplace dysfunction, which may result in losing the best personnel and the eventual plummet of the organization.

A way to prevent leadership burnout is by cultivating employee engagement in the workplace. Employee engagement is the employees’ emotional commitment for the organization and its goals. This commitment gives employees a sense of purpose. When they are engaged, they are enthusiastic and bring a lot of innovative ideas to the table, helping leaders push the company forward. Engaged employees are also less likely to quit, more likely to extend their working hours to accomplish more tasks, and are more competent than employees who feel unattached to their work.

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Below are two more ways leaders can foster employee engagement in the office:

1. Employee empowerment
Empowering employees will improve their initiative to handle and resolve issues. Empowerment can be developed by challenging employees to handle more responsibilities and making them accountable for the outcome.

2. Including important people and top performers in company projects
Participation of top performers and employees who play integral roles in projects, even if they are not managers, will add valuable resources for the projects and will engage all levels of the department.

Employee engagement helps improve the company’s overall performance. In fact, Forbes asserts that companies with engaged workers have five times higher shareholder returns over five years than companies with idle employees.

“A View from the Front Row,” a leadership module by Gary Wandschneider, delves into the habits of great leaders in various fields. Follow this Twitter account for more discussions on leadership.


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