Building Inclusive and Effective Leaders

How HR Can Empower Managers to Succeed

One of our primary responsibilities in HR is to develop and empower managers to be great leaders. You see, when managers are effective leaders, they can create a positive work environment, increase employee engagement, and improve organisational outcomes. 

This week I wanted to share with you some tips to help you develop and empower managers to be great leaders:

Firstly, one of the best ways to develop great leaders is to provide them with training and development opportunities. This can include leadership workshops, mentoring programmes, and coaching sessions. By investing in their continued growth, you can help them become more confident, effective, and inclusive leaders. Many companies have lots of talent within their teams, this doesn’t have to be a costly offsite event every month, look at what you can provide from within and work from there. 

Inclusivity is another essential component of great leadership. Within HR, it’s important to promote a culture of inclusivity throughout your organisation by creating an environment where everyone feels valued, respected, and supported. Encourage managers to embrace diversity and seek out different perspectives.

Great leaders need to understand what is expected of them. Having everything from their JD to regular feedback sessions (and everything in-between!) in place and accessible will help with setting clear expectations for managers. If employees know what is expected, and when they’ll perform and engage much better.

We know that effective leaders are good communicators, create an environment where you can encourage managers to communicate openly and frequently with their teams. This will include things like giving and receiving feedback, asking for input, and creating a safe space for open conversations free of judgement.

All eyes are on HR, people within the companies we work in look to us for the example of how things are done. Yes, we set the example – model the behaviours you want to see in managers and teams. This means being inclusive, transparent, and communicating openly with your colleagues.

Leaders can only be great if we allow them to be, it’s the same in any role really and that comes down to empowerment, if you empower your managers to take ownership of their roles watch them fly. Encourage them to make decisions, take risks, and innovate. Provide them with the resources they need to be successful and trust them to do their jobs well. Allowing this can be a game changer to your business, yes mistakes may happen, and wrong decisions taken but by having the above already in place the lessons will be learned, and you can move on quickly. Knowing it’s ok to make mistakes is also a huge part of learning too, and this can and will make managers better!

With your guidance and support, managers can become effective and inclusive leaders, creating a positive work environment that benefits everyone in the organisation. 

Building Inclusive and Effective Leaders