There is a reason why some workers, employees, or team members do not approach their bosses. One of the reasons they avoid these encounters are due to intimidation in the workplace, which can make a leader seem less approachable. To be more welcoming and open, a leader should implement the following.
Leadership is not to be confused with dictatorship. Many leaders fear that they will become too soft or lenient on their members. They don’t want their judgement or character to be perceived as wavering, so they may exert more power than necessary. This is the crucial difference between many leaders and bosses. A leader is not just a boss, and it is not about being in charge of everything. Flexibility shows members that a leader is capable of accommodating and making adjustments.
When people feel as though others see themselves as superior to them, they tend to hold back their true feelings on a subject. It is essential for all members or employees to feel as though their opinions matter. So, a leader shouldn’t set themselves apart from the rest of the group. To be more relatable, leaders can connect with their team outside of work with informal social events.
Having a sense of humor can be extremely helpful. It’s okay to loosen up. Leaders don’t always have to be serious; otherwise, people might begin to suspect their leader is an android. A leader showing that they are still a person will also contribute to relatability. Being personable will express to workers that leaders do make mistakes and are not exempt from making mistakes. Having empathy will signal that it is safe for teammates or colleagues to be themselves around such a leader.
Many people hear, but not too many listen. Active listening does require some degree of understanding. To be an approachable leader, people must feel their voices are being heard and that their ideas are being considered. Feeling their words will be dismissed, people will begin to speak less. So a leader should nurture the habit of genuinely listening to any concerns, opinions, or inquiries relayed to them by their team.