What’s Killing Employee Initiative–And How To Bring It Back To Life

Why do so many employees lack initiative and show little interest in their employer?

When employees first start working at a job, they are typically excited and enthusiastic about their new roles. For many, this is their dream job and they have spent years in school or in training to become qualified for this role.

They want to make a difference and be part of the team.

What ends up happening is these new employees quickly become disillusioned.

New employees often idealize the notion of working for a company. But in reality, most organizations are run by leaders who are too busy to lead—leaders who ignore new employees, don’t listen to their ideas, and don’t treat them with the respect they deserve. Most of these leaders don’t understand how their actions affect their people, who give up and leave.

After a while, many new employees just give up. They say to themselves: “You know what? I’m just going to do my job, keep my mouth shut, and go home.”

You might be surprised to learn there have been more than 15,000 books written on the subject of leadership. It seems our knowledge of leadership has never been stronger. It also seems like our practice of leadership remains subpar and it’s getting worse. The busier we get as leaders, the less time we have to spend with our people. In a time where we are all connected digitally, we are becoming more disconnected on a personal level.

Leadership is simple – It’s about influencing a group of people to accomplish a goal. Click To Tweet

If we want to solve this problem, it’s time to get back to the basics of leadership. Leadership is simple – It’s about influencing a group of people to accomplish a goal. There are three main elements: people, influence, and goals. Do you know what’s not on this list? E-mails or meetings.

The average manager today is too busy to lead. Many business leaders come into work and they have full inboxes and long to-do lists. They spend the morning banging out e-mails because they have meetings to get to. They have back-to-back meetings and then head out to lunch with a customer or vendor. By two in the afternoon, they still haven’t even seen any members of their team. And the process repeats itself the next day.

Most managers are forgetting about people, influence, and goals. And most employees feel their manager just doesn’t care.

We have to remember that leadership is a people business.

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The first step in solving this problem is to recognize that, as leaders, we are in the people business. We have a team of people who work for us and we need to engage them. Just like Coach Belichick, if we want engaged employees, we need to be an engaged leader! That’s the bottom line.

As a leader, you can never underestimate the power of your presence. So be present!

Physically push yourself away from your desk. Even if you’re swamped with work, get into the workplace and talk to people. See what’s going on. Engage your team!

Try this out for the next two weeks and see if it makes a difference in your organization.

Focus on people, influence, and goals.

You’ll be surprised by the results.

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Deep Leadership Episode 145: Lead Yourself First with Jeremy Clevenger

Today I’m joined by Jeremy Clevenger. Jeremy is the owner of Liberty Hill Barbell gym in Austin, TX. He is also a remote online strength and performance coach. In fact, he is my strength and performance coach. He competes as a strongman and is ranked 6th in the nation in his weight class and is making a run for the world’s strongest man in 2023. I wanted to get him on the show to talk about why physical health is so important to leadership.

Show resources:

Jeremy Clevenger Fitness

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Become a leader worth following today with these powerful resources:

You Have the Watch: A Guided Journal to Become a Leader Worth Following
All in the Same Boat: Lead Your Organization Like a Nuclear Submariner
I Have the Watch: Becoming a Leader Worth Following
I have the watch book

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Deep Leadership Episode 144: Lessons from Leaders with Brian Beckcom

Today I’m joined by Brian Beckcom. Brian is a Computer Scientist, Philosopher, Author, & Trial Lawyer based in Houston, Texas. His law firm, VB Attorneys, is one of the top law firms in the country. Brian hosts the popular Lessons from Leaders podcast and I’m excited to have him on the show to learn from what he has learned from interviewing some of the top leaders in sports, business, and the military.

Show resources:

VB Attorneys

Lessons from Leaders podcast

Become a leader worth following today with these powerful resources:

You Have the Watch: A Guided Journal to Become a Leader Worth Following
All in the Same Boat: Lead Your Organization Like a Nuclear Submariner
I Have the Watch: Becoming a Leader Worth Following
I have the watch book

Sponsored by

Bottom Gun Coffee Company was born from the love of coffee while serving in the submarine force. Bottom Gun is owned and operated by submarine veterans who know a thing or two about good coffee. Learn more HERE

The Fraternity of Excellence is an Online and Real World Community for Men who are looking to improve in all areas of their lives. Learn more HERE

CONNECT WITH JON

Jon Rennie is on LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.
Subscribe to his YouTube Channel here.