Hello SOTGC community,
What is one of the key skills that a leader can bring to an organization? It is the ability to motivate oneself as well as others. When you motivate others you instill a desire to perform optimally.
When you are motivated or can motivate a team, you help to overcome obstacles to achieve the goals at hand. Plus, you create an environment of a “Can Do” attitude. Motivated workers are happier and perform and produce better at work.
Are you wondering if you truly motivate others? You think you do. But does your team and do your co-workers feel you are motivational? If you are wondering, ask yourself the following four simple questions. Do you treat people with respect? Are you honest with your team? Do you provide clear direction with purpose? Do you reward people for a job well done?
When you can honestly answer these questions, you will know what you need to work on in order to motivate others. Or, if you have passed the test with flying colors, perhaps celebrate yourself for being a great motivator. With motivation comes improved performance, productivity, collaboration, and simply the desire and ability to work better and smarter.
The ability to motivate stems from some very basic concepts, but in today’s complex business world we often forget or don’t have the time to remember the basics. Whether you work for a company, are a freelancer, or work independently, motivation is key to our jobs. Motivation is what gets you up in the morning and keeps you going throughout the day. The basic principles of motivation rest on the following.
Meaning and Purpose. Today more than ever, people want to do work that has meaning and purpose. When people believe that what they are doing is important, they feel good about the work and motivated to continue on the path.
The leader must be credible and trustworthy. Employees want to know that what you say is what you do. Your actions must be consistent with your words.
Appreciation is essential in motivation. It is not necessarily a one time, “You did a good job” but a consistent, “I appreciate the work you do.”
The leader must truly act like a leader. Employees need to know why they are working and with clear direction. When tough decisions or difficult challenges arise, the leader stands tall and has their back.
Wondering how you can become more motivated in your work or how to motivate others? Follow these simple and easy steps.
- Provide interesting work where employees can feel challenged and good about what they do. Repetition in a job or lack of challenge breeds boredom and lack of motivation.
- Respect and praise your employees for who they are and the skills they possess. Reward them publicly. Being acknowledged in a group setting can be inspiring.
- Teach and provide your employees with opportunities to learn new skills. When they have achieved what you asked them to do, let them take on more responsibility.
Leaders that inspire and motivate are able to understand the needs of their employees. When you are treated with respect, offered a challenge to prove your skills and abilities, rewarded and appreciated, leaders and teams are motivated. Whether you are a solopreneur or work in a corporate environment, motivation produces results. Results lead to success.
How do you rate when it comes to motivation? Leave a comment. Let me know if you are a great motivator or you need to polish your skills as a motivator. Thanks for reading and please share this on your social media.