There are, of course, many tangible benefits that can be offered to employees, but at its core, it comes down to one fundamental thing: leaders must be able to inspire people. Leaders must learn to develop the leadership qualities that are key factors for this inspiration.
First of all, authenticity is paramount. People do not want to be led by someone who does not believe what he or she says. They want to follow a leader that they see as one of them, someone who has a real understanding of their problems and is willing to fight for their wellbeing. Loyalty towards this kind of leader is inevitable if employees feel they are fighting on the same side, under a shared vision.
Another aspect of leadership that can be decisive in gaining loyalty among employees is competence. Employees will not follow a leader who does not possess certain skills or who does not use them well. They have no reason to respect the leader’s authority.
Finally, engagement may be the most important factor when it comes to gaining loyalty among employees: no one wants to follow a pushy person that only shouts and never listens. Loyalty cannot be commanded; it needs to arise from mutual understanding and respect between the leader and employees. Therefore, true leadership is not simply about what you say and what you want, but about listening to what people say and do not say.