Engaging people is vital to the role of leadership. Leaders must hold the attention of those who follow, engaging them in the direction to be taken.
Engaging followers involves three critical components:
1) Speak to people’s needs. Without understanding the needs of others, how can you engage them to follow?
2) Establish a connection. Relate to people on the same level. To speak above or beneath someone prevents engagement.
3) Ask the right questions. Often times, people are not engaged because they were never asked the right questions.
More could be said, but these will make a difference when striving to engage others.