Ask any leader and they can probably name a favorite teacher they would choose to emulate. That’s because great leaders are born through experience and mentoring. But to become great, leaders need more than a positive role model. They need training. And with all of the complex leadership theories, models, and trends swirling around today, sometimes we forget to start at square one. Until now.
Did you know that 68.5 percent of employees are disengaged at work? Organizations report 65 percent lower share price over time and 18 percent lower productivity because of disengaged employees. You have the power to positively influence employee engagement and organizational productivity by being a mindful leader.
Employee engagement is a major problem in many organizations. According to a global survey cited by Forbes, “less than one quarter of employees are highly engaged and 39% are moderately engaged. Low levels of engagement among employees contributes to decreased customer satisfaction, slower revenue growth, high turnover, high absenteeism rates, and a myriad of other issues that negatively impact day-to-day operations as well as the bottom line.
In a survey of 2000 employees from many different organizations, only 20% said, "Yes, I have the network I need to get the job done.” Unconnected employees hurt your business when they fail to see the big picture, don't' know how to uncork bureaucratic bottlenecks, and don't contribute to enterprise-wide results.
Why do some companies triumph even when the rest of their competitors are struggling? In our work with some of the world's best companies, we have found the greatest predictor of a company's success is the strength of its leadership. The best leaders seem to have an almost supernatural ability to see into the future and adapt their behavior accordingly.