If you lead or manage a team, you will know that keeping them motivated is essential.
Being a motivational leader is a great way to inspire your team, aid productivity, and produce a positive work ethic and environment – but this can sometimes be a challenge.
In a leadership or management role, it is important for you to know how to motivate a team, so that they can produce the best work, and therefore the best outcome for the company.
Find out why
If you feel like your team has lost motivation, the first thing to do is find out why this is. It is mostly likely to be due to one of three reasons:
- Purpose: if team members don’t believe in the company vision, they will very likely not care about the quality of their work. You need to make sure that they don’t become detached from the mission statement – keep them reminded of it regularly.
- Ownership: giving members of staff some control over their workload is more likely to improve the work they are producing. Pure obligation isn’t going to produce great quality. Provide team members with some freedom, allow them to suggest ideas and changes, and watch their attitude towards work change dramatically.
- Personal issues: as much as we try to keep work and personal life separate, it can be difficult, especially when there is something in particular troubling you. If you create a sense of trust and openness with your team, making them feel that they can come to you in confidence, they will be more likely to approach you with any problems which may be affecting their work. Two minds are better than one, and this enables you to reach a solution together.
How to engage your team members
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Setting goals is a great way to motivate a team, so long as you don’t pile on unnecessary pressure for them to be met.
Creating firm deadlines for your goals, and letting staff know how they can contribute to their completion can aid motivation. If each person knows how they are going to help in the success of the team, they will be more motivated to work to the best of their ability, in order to avoid letting other team members down.
Making these goals visible (via a whiteboard, chart, or timeline, for example) is a good tactic for motivation. Letting people see how far they have come, and how much they still need to achieve, is likely to make them work harder, so they can continue to see developing progress.
Reward good performance
Providing your team with positive feedback on their accomplishments will inspire them to achieve even more. Giving authentic feedback will validate the receiver, and also strengthen your relationship with him or her. Acknowledging accomplishments will build work confidence, and also let your staff know that you are recognising the hard work and effort being contributed.
Rewarding staff is also a great motivator. Be careful to only reward genuine achievements, though, so you are not reinforcing behaviour that isn’t positively contributing to the business.
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