5 Ways to Motivate Your Team
You won’t find Motivation 101 in most
business schools; yet, the ability to motivate one's team and
organization is one of the most important skill you must possess today.
Now, more than ever, a leader and
manager's job is to motivate and rally his or her team through
challenging times. You can’t outsource motivation. It is the leader and
manager who must motivate. That’s why I often say motivational speeches
don’t work but leaders who motivate do.
Many leaders want to take the emotion
out of business but that is a huge mistake. When fear and negativity are
the primary emotions people in your organization are feeling, you have
to counter that with an even more powerful emotion, like faith, belief,
and optimism. And your success in that depends on your ability to
motivate. In this spirit here are five strategies to motivate your team
from The Power of Positive Leadership to get the results you want.
1. Don't be too busy to communicate. Uncertainty
breeds negativity if there is a void in communication. Unless managers
and leaders fill this void with clear and positive communication, people
will assume the worst and act accordingly. Don't let your busy schedule
get in the way of taking the time to talk with your team.
2. Lead with optimism. The engine for America's growth and prosperity has always been its can-do attitude and spirit. Unfortunately, in the past few years optimism has
been in short supply. The most important weapon against pessimism is to
transfer your optimism and vision to others. Leadership is a transfer of
believe and your belief inspires others to think and act in ways that
3. Share the vision. It's not enough to just be optimistic. You must give your team and
organization something to be optimistic about. Talk about where you have
been, where you are, and where you are going. Share your plan for a
brighter and better future, talk about the actions you must take, and
constantly reiterate the reasons why you will be successful. Create a
vision statement that inspires and rallies your team and organization.
Not a page-long vision statement filled with buzzwords, but a rallying
cry that means something to the people who invest a majority of their
day working for you. This vision statement can’t just exist on a piece
of paper. It must come to life in the hearts and minds of your team So
it's up to you to share it, reinforce it, and inspire your people to
live and breathe it every day. A positive vision for the future leads to
powerful actions today.
4. Relationships build real motivation. It's much easier to motivate someone if you know them and they know
you. After all, if you don't take the time to get to know the people who
are working for you, then how can you ever truly know the best way to
lead, coach, and motivate them effectively?
5. Create purpose-driven goals. Real motivation is driven by purpose and a desire to make a difference.
When people feel as though the work they do is playing an integral role
in the overall success of the team and organization and the world, they
are motivated to work harder. Great teams don't work for a paycheck.
They work for each other and a bigger purpose.
Which of the 5 strategies do you feel are the most important to you? Share your thoughts with me on Twitter or Facebook.