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#LeadByExample: Building a Culture of Workplace Excellence
Elevate your leadership skills. Read our latest blog on how to #leadbyexample and inspire your team toward greatness. From cultivating growth to setting achievable goals, we share what it takes to be a resilient leader.
"Leadership is not about being in charge. It is about taking care of those in your charge,” says Simon Sinek — an author and motivational speaker from the UK. These words resonate deeply with us at Dauphin, as we believe effective leadership goes beyond delegating tasks. It's about creating a culture of excellence by prioritizing the well-being and productivity of our team.
At Dauphin, we design ergonomic and sustainable furniture that can increase productivity by up to 16%. Our commitment to creating a culture of excellence is reflected in every piece we create, prioritizing your well-being and productivity. Effective leadership means putting your team's well-being first, and that's exactly what we strive to do.
To #LeadByExample, here are four key actions to build a culture of excellence and prioritize your team's well-being:
- Communicate clearly and effectively: Clear communication is a cornerstone of effective leadership, as it fosters trust and builds a positive work environment. In fact, studies have shown that organizations with effective communication practices are 50% more likely to have lower turnover rates and increased employee engagement.
- Show appreciation and recognition for good work: Recognizing your team's hard work and achievements can motivate them to continue excelling. A study by Quantum Workplace found that employees who feel recognized are 2.5 times more likely to feel engaged.
- Foster a culture of learning and growth: Encouraging your team to continuously learn and develop their skills can increase productivity by 37% and improve employee retention rates by 30%. Investing in your employee's growth and development not only benefits them but also contributes to the long-term success of your company.
- Demonstrate tactical empathy and understanding toward your team: When leaders exhibit empathy, their team members are 5.5 times more likely to feel a sense of belonging and work harder for them. By taking the time to understand and address your team's needs and challenges, you create a supportive and inclusive work environment where everyone can thrive.
But how does Dauphin #LeadByExample? We asked some of our Dauphin leaders how they inspire their team, and here's what they had to say about leadership and what they strive to bring to their workspace daily.
“Recognize the small wins. In sales you have a lot of setbacks. It's important to stay positive and celebrate the little wins, they will add up to the big wins. Embrace challenges as opportunities for improvement! These are the areas where you can make the most impact, in work and in life.”
“The choice of the word “Leader” is key. While “Manager” is in our titles, in order to inspire we need to lead our team members, not manage them. Leadership means rolling up your sleeves to help, being empathetic, reliable, committed, and accountable.”
“Always remembering that we are all the same. Being humble and accepting our mistakes. Seeking every time to be a better person to be a good example for the others.”
“Being empathetic and understanding in the workplace will improve communication while creating meaningful connections with your team, and the organization will ultimately have greater performance.”
“A true leader inspires their team to achieve their full potential by fostering a healthy company culture; one that celebrates achievements while seeing failures as stepping stones to greater performance. Active listening, vulnerability, and transparency are paramount to building trust and accountability for authentic and long-lasting relationships.”
“Empower, value, inspire and applaud employees.”
We encourage you to join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #LeadByExample and share how you inspire your team to reach new heights of success. Together, we can build a community of leaders prioritizing excellence and well-being in the workplace. Let's #LeadByExample and create a brighter future for all.
Leaders who prioritize empathy and understanding create a supportive and inclusive work environment where everyone can thrive. Join Dauphin's #LeadByExample movement and inspire your team to work harder and feel a sense of belonging.
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