This isn’t about how to train all your employees to become brown nosers. These are tips to empower your staff to give them pride in their work, and thereby give back a lot more to the business.

As a boss, if you’re overly self-promotional and rule your team with an I’m-always-right attitude, chances are your employees will feel alienated, resentful, and unwilling to go the extra mile for you.

Below, read how you can make your leadership style more selfless and humble:

1. Share your mistakes

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If you use your mistakes as teachable moments for your employees, you will not only be doing something humble, you’ll help foster an environment that promotes self-improvement. When leaders showcase their own personal growth, they legitimise the growth and learning of others; by admitting to their own imperfections, they make it okay for others to be fallible, too. We also tend to connect with people who share their imperfections and foibles–they appear more ‘human,’ more like us. Particularly in diverse workgroups, displays of humility may help to remind group members of their common humanity and shared objectives.

 

2. Host a dialogue, not a debate

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Being a humble leader means you have to get rid of the attitude that you’re the boss and you’re always right. Too often leaders are focused on swaying others and ‘winning’ arguments. When people debate in this way, they become so focused on proving the validity of their own views that they miss out on the opportunity to learn about other points of view,” researchers say. “Inclusive leaders are humble enough to suspend their own agendas and beliefs. In so doing, they not only enhance their own learning but they validate followers’ unique perspectives.”

 

3. Accept your own uncertainty

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By acknowledging the limits of your knowledge and skills, you will provide opportunities for your employees to bring better ideas to the table. Ambiguity and uncertainty are par for the course in today’s business environment. So why not embrace them? When leaders humbly admit that they don’t have all the answers, they create space for others to step forward and offer solutions. They also engender a sense of interdependence. Followers understand that the best bet is to rely on each other to work through complex, ill-defined problems.

 

4. Be a follower

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While this initially may sounds like questionable advice, try it out. Inclusive leaders empower others to lead. By reversing roles, leaders not only facilitate employees’ development but they model the act of taking a different perspective, something that is so critical to working effectively in diverse teams.

What do you do to motivate your employees?

This article has been adapted and originally appeared on Inc by Will Yakowicz.