Advantages of referent power and 8 ways managers can excel at it

Referent power: definition, explanation, and examples

1. Listen more than you speak

  • Maintain eye contact,
  • Nod or otherwise indicate that you’re listening,
  • Ask follow-up questions,
  • Avoid showing judgment even if you don’t entirely agree with what the employee is saying,
  • When they’ve finished talking, give your suggestions right away or promise that you’ll think about ways to resolve the issue.

2. Trust your team, don’t micromanage

  • You haven’t hired the right people,
  • You aren’t giving them a chance to try and do their best (even if it means failing and learning from their mistakes).

3. Lead by example

4. Collaborate instead of giving orders

5. Be open to new ideas and feedback

6. Encourage and compliment your team

  • Ensure that great work is consistently given praise,
  • Make sure you don’t neglect some employees while only praising others (don’t forget silent heroes who make up the reliable foundation upon which your company functions),
  • Praise work-related wins, not personality traits,
  • Highlight individual achievements as well as team accomplishments,
  • Consider opening a Slack channel for saying thanks and sharing praise among all team members.

7. Take sincere interest in your employees

8. Be on your team’s side

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