Leadership is a long-distance run. Keeping our team motivated is essential to reach our goals. Finding a way to motivate yourself and convey that mood to your team is key to move forward. Take a note of these tips to strengthen self-motivation, inspire others and improve your leadership skills:
1. Get inspired
True motivation is inside oneself. Find what it is that inspires you, visualize your goals. If we are not motivated, we won’t be able to lead our team.
2. Think of the rest
Care about people, make them know you count on them and you want the best for your team.
3. Push away the negative
Drive negative people away from your team. Reject those ideas that bring the team’s spirits down.
4. Recruit positive people
Same as you must avoid unhealthy relationships, be sure to open the door to those that provide motivation and satisfaction to the team.
5. Appeal to values
Find out what’s important for your team and turn it into a driving force for motivation.
6. Celebrate small achievements
No matter how small the triumph you and your team achieved; it will be a great source of motivation.
7. Reward your team
There are many ways of rewarding good performance and the capability of being able to achieve important goals. The team will see it as an incentive to keep moving on the right direction.
8. Trust and delegate
Trust your team and delegate tasks. You will find that things can be done in many different ways and you will encourage creativity.
9. Get your team involved
Ask them how they are helping each other. Encourage them to improve.
10. Be transparent
Share information. Your team must know the circumstances which have an effect on the project they are part of.
11. Report problems
For that very reason, you must report problems. Working together, the situation will be faced more efficiently and finding solutions and alternatives will be easier.
12. Congratulate and don’t point the finger
Avoid pointing the finger to a specific person when there are mistakes, on the contrary, try to emphasize good performance whenever it happens. Positive feedback is fundamental to keep motivation and strengthen leadership.
13. Develop the potential of your team
Start training projects for your team to improve their skills, for example, time management. More than 500 companies, many of them multinationals, have already implemented Triskelion, the course-videogame on productivity, among their employees.
Good leadership is demanding, step away from mediocrity. True motivation only appears by overcoming difficulties.
Ask people what it is that motivates them and also the things that discourage them. Work on taking the discouraging aspects out of the equation and focus on that which encourages them.
16. Pinpoint “motivators”
Those who work enthusiastically and pass it on to the rest of the team. Make the professional development of these people a priority.
17. Don’t be afraid
Mistakes make you learn. Don’t be afraid of possible mistakes because of wrong decision making.
18. Finish what you start
As Triskelion course-videogame in productivity and time management teaches, do one thing at a time, and do it through to the end. Avoid leaving something half done so as to be more productive and more aware of your progress.
19. Team up
Strengthen the team’s unity by doing activities to change daily routine, for instance, cultural acts, team buildings, or meetings outside the office.
20. Don’t give up!
The key to success is to persevere. Every leader knows that giving up is not an option, even though it is wise to know how to quit intelligently.
What about you? What do you do to be a good leader?
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