Commitment may be defined as a promise to do or give something. It could also mean to be loyal to someone and support them strongly. Commitment is critical for a leader when it comes to engaging others in getting the work done. A leader who is committed to their role is more likely to enlist others to be committed as well.

First of all, it is critical for a leader to be committed to their role. A commitment requires the leader to have alignment with the values, vision, and culture of an organization. It is important that the leader does some reflective work to ensure that they are in alignment with the organizational goals and objectives.

Leaders will know when they are committed to their role and organization by feeling motivated. Their motivation will either be intrinsic or extrinsic and in both cases will be in synch.

Motivation is the reason or set of reasons why a person acts in a certain way. The reasons are the intrinsic or extrinsic things that the leaders finds valuable and meaningful. Some intrinsic motivators may be drive, work ethic, or pride. The extrinsic motivators are much easier to identify and may include compensation, bonuses, and vacation time. When leaders have a clear understanding of their motivators, they are more likely to make the commitment to their role and organization.

Leaders who have a working understanding of their own commitment will be more likely to gage the commitments of those on their team. Leaders can lear more about the commitment of their team by facilitating focus groups, conducting surveys, or asking for informal feedback. In all of these ways to collect information, it is important to focus on learning the level of commitment.

Engagement is another critical part of commitment, when leaders make others feel included and engaged, they are more likely to make a commitment. Engagement speaks to how people feel they are a part of the culture and company. Do they feel valued and appreciated and if so, they will play full out. When engagement is low, morale and commitment will be negatively impacted.

Commitment is an essential part of any leader’s style given they are expected to get work down with others. A commitment from someone may make or break a project or work assignment. Being aware of how committed others are is the responsibility of the leader.

As with most leadership experiences, when a leader demonstrates and models a specific trait, skill, or competency; they are expecting it to be mirrored back to them by other people. This mirroring gives the leader a sense of how they are doing in terms of engaging their team in pursuit of the goals and objectives.

Committed leaders will go the extra mile because they have the motivation clear in their minds and believe their work will be rewarded in one way or another. They are driving to achieve the required successful results so that why may enjoy the feelings of satisfaction or the paid time off or a well deserved vacation.

Leaders can make a big difference with their leadership style and with the performance of their teams simply by being committed.