Modern leadership places an ever-higher premium on coaching team members to get results.
In contrast to a command-and control leadership style, this places more emphasis on what we call today, EQ skills i.e. people skills:
- understanding how others are motivated and
- what you can do to keep them motivated.
It is now recognized that the one size fits all management approach does not work, especially when looking to motivate others within a team.
It is no easy task to motivate, engage, and involve your team, and it certainly doesn’t happen overnight. A few strategies you can employ to improve the engagement of your team and, in turn, your bottom line:
- Ask: What better way to find out exactly how to motivate, engage, and involve your team than to simply ask? You may be surprised. What motivates one person may not work for another. Customize your approach to engage every team member.
- Defy the golden rule. It’s not about treating people the way you want to be treated. It is about treating people the way they want to be treated. Learn how individuals like to communicate and adhere to their preferences.
- Embrace new ideas. Archaic, bureaucratic practices stifle creativity and innovation. Encourage new ideas from your team. Remember: If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.
- Give feedback—the good, the bad, and the ugly. Feedback, it can be difficult to deliver, but everyone wants to hear it. Your team wants feedback, it’s crucial to productivity.
Motivation is intrinsic, it varies from individual to individual yet key points to remember:
- Give all team members respect, dignity and recognition for effort
- People will make specific choices, depending on their own goals and objectives.
- People will act to gain something they believe is good for them.
- People have to believe their goals are attainable, or they won’t make the effort to go after them.
- A manager’s motivation plays a major role in helping employees reach their goals.
Managing a team is challenging, and it’s rewarding and worthwhile if you invest the time and the effort.