The start of a new year is a good time for leaders to reflect on how their leadership skills and development can positively evolve and change. Workplace trends are constantly changing, and it is important for leaders to set goals to ensure they are meeting the new standards.  

Here are three goals every leader should set for this year:  

Lead engaging meetings  

47% of employees find meetings to be a waste of time. In addition, 39% said they frequently doze off during meetings, and 91% admitted to daydreaming during meetings. According to these statistics, most employees do not find meetings engaging.  

For this new year, it is important for leaders to prioritize conducting meaningful and engaging meetings, so your employees will want to attend them and pay attention.   

Here are some tips for leading engaging meetings:  

Hold short meetings: The average meeting lasts 30-60 minutes, yet the average attention span lasts 10-18 minutes. Try to plan meetings somewhere between 15-20 minutes to help keep the attention of your employees. If conveying all the necessary information within a shorter meeting is challenging, consider organizing two shorter meetings scheduled within a few days of each other to cover everything.  

Make it fun: Make meetings something that employees look forward to. Consider providing lunch or treats during meetings, inviting other leaders to speak, and recognizing employees for their hard work. Creating some diversity and centering meetings around your employees will help increase engagement 

Start and end with positivity: Start the meeting by sharing impressive statistics or acknowledging employees for their hard work. This will pique employees’ interest and make them feel appreciated for their efforts. 

 It is important to also end meetings on a positive note, especially if your meeting involves conveying negative news. End the meeting by expressing your gratitude for your employees or share more examples of employee accomplishments to leave employees feeling positive after the meeting.  

Encourage creativity  

The workplace is constantly evolving, and your employees know the current trends, so let them share their thoughts and ideas. Instead of pushing their ideas aside because they do not align with what has been done for the last 10 years, consider being open-minded.   

Giving employees the freedom to unleash their creativity and ideas will make them feel valued and listened to. It can also help improve the company in various aspects such as an increase in communication and trust. 

 It is important for leaders to give their employees a voice and actively listen to their ideas and suggestions. Leaders can increase creativity in the workplace through requesting feedback from employees, asking follow-up questions, and formulating a plan to use the ideas.  

Create a diverse and inclusive workplace  

Create a workspace that makes all employees feel included and valued. Provide equal opportunities and advancement for all employees and embrace diverse perspectives and ideas.  

By treating all employees equally and not discriminating, it will make employees feel respected and empowered in the workplace. It is important to build a workplace culture that gives equal attention and focus to all ideas and suggestions.  

The start of a new year is a great time for leaders to reflect on their growth and set impactful goals. Focusing on leading engaging meetings, encouraging creativity, and creating a diverse and inclusive workplace are crucial goals that leaders should work towards.