Are Your Leaders Engaged?

Judy McLeish, at The Employee Factor, wonders if we've gotten it all wrong when it comes to engaging employees:

~ "...we have been talking about employee engagement since the early 1990s. And yet, depending on the source anywhere from 40-70 percent of employees continue to be classified as neutral, middle of the road or agnostic. What makes these numbers especially discouraging is that over the past two decades, we have been trying to realize the benefits of empowerment, teamwork, recognition, people development, performance management and new leadership styles. So why do we continue to report employee engagement levels that are sub-par at best? Maybe our approach is all wrong."

Then, in a posting that strikes me as a manifesto for change in the Employee Engagement movement, she suggests that the way to engage people in an organization is through the hearts of its leaders, at all levels.

She says: "We think companies need to shift their focus from engaging their entire workforce to engaging their leaders first and foremost."

Why might this work better at moving the needle on engagement metrics? Because, as Judy says: "Engagement starts at the top. We all know that. In fact, the actions of senior leaders and overall workplace programs and policies and the actions of the direct manager have a tremendous impact on overall employee engagement levels."

Impact the leaders and you impact the entire organization.

Bravo, Judy!

Posted by Terrence Seamon, June 3, 2008


A company with leaders who are not engaged is a company that's in serious trouble.

Nice post. Thanks for pointing the way to Judy's article.
Terrence Seamon said…
Well put, Totally Consumed. I agree.


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