Category: Leadership

Motivation is a crucial part of leadership. But learning how Motivation to remain motivated, and motivating others, can be difficult. You might believe that some people are natural born motivators, and that it can’t be taught. You’d be wrong. You can learn how to be a better motivator just like you can learn how to be a better leader. Good motivators share specific traits that they use to help their teams become more motivated to get the job done. Here are some ways to improve your skills as a motivator:

Look forward, not backward

When you are motivating your team, you don’t want to harp on the past. You want to look into the future with a positive vision. A motivator with enthusiasm and a positive vision is easy to follow and believe. Look forward and explain to each team member how you envision their role, and how their positive contributions are going to help make the team a better whole. By emphasizing the future, you can focus your team on a specific goal instead of having them feel content about past successes or down about past failures.

Being wrong is ok

This is part of being a good leader as well as being a good motivator. You aren’t going to be right all the time. You might tell your team that you know they can reach a goal, and they might miss it. Maybe you aren’t right about getting a client or making a sales projection. It is totally ok to be wrong, and you and your team should know that being wrong isn’t grounds for getting down or feeling bad about your performance. Every project, whether it ends good or bad, is just another opportunity for you to learn. No experience is a bad one, and there is plenty to learn from being wrong that you can apply the next time around.

How To Be A Better Motivator

Your passion and energy are contagious

Always be sure to share your energy and passion with your team. Your team is going to have difficulties, hurdles to clear, low points where there are motivation issues, and the like. But every team takes on the personality of its leader. As a motivator, you need to stay consistent with positive energy and passion about your work. You have to consistently reiterate your belief in your team and their efforts, and you have to show that energy even during low points. When your team overcomes a challenge, they will reciprocate that energy as they see the results.

Foster positive competition

With team members, a little positive competition is a good thing! From time to time, things can get stagnant on any team as people get comfortable in their roles. In order to spice things up, you might want to foster a little positive competition. Sales teams do this all the time, with boards that indicate sales leaders and rewards for those who get the most sales during the month and throughout the year. But you can foster positive competition in any business. Just make sure that the competition remains positive and doesn’t turn acrimonious. Acrimonious competition can breed resentment and actually hurt team unity.

Leaders are constantly looking for ways to become more effective, so that their companies can improve and grow over time. Luckily, leadership isn’t an innate skill—it is something that can be learned and improved over periods of time just like any other skill. If you are interested in learning how you can become a better leader and start getting more out of your co-workers, then keep reading for some key tips.

Improve Your Leadership Skill

1. Focus on the positives

Nobody likes a leader that only focuses on the negatives. Too often, we associate the strong and successful executive with someone who berates their co-workers or who only focuses on what is going wrong. While improvement does mean acknowledging what is wrong and how you can improve it, you can’t only focus on the negatives. If you do, you will wear out your team and they will become more stressed and less effective. Instead, you should put the focus on your team’s positive qualities and what they do right. Uplift them by focusing on their strengths and how they can improve those strengths.

2. Actions are more effective than words

It is easy to get into the act of simply telling your co-workers how something should be done, but not actually doing anything about it yourself. Resist this. You can become a more effective leader by actually showing your co-workers how you want something done with your own actions. If you are concerned about time management, for example, make sure to set a great example of time management with your actions. Your co-workers don’t want to be told to do something and then see you do the opposite. They will sense the hypocrisy and that will breed resentment. Make sure that you embody the kind of employee you want your co-workers to be.

3. Get feedback from your team

Don’t be a leader who leads without Skills the consent of their team. In order to get that vote of confidence from your team, you will need to consistently talk with them to gauge their needs, and in order to get valuable feedback. Getting feedback from your subordinates about your job doesn’t make you weak, it makes you thoughtful, and your employees will respect it and work harder for someone that they feel is looking out for them.

4. Make sure you are motivated and passionate about your job

It is easy to spot someone who is only doing a job for the paycheck. If that person is the leader of a team, that team isn’t going to be very motivated to do well. Make sure that you are motivated about your job and passionate about maximizing your abilities and the abilities of your team. A motivated leader can really inspire their team to achieve new successes.

If asked to list the skills that an effective leader has, most people will say resiliency, empathy, creativity, or communication skills. Most people aren’t apt to immediately list time management. But time management is one of the most important skills that any effective leader has. Time is a valuable resource, and in order to increase productivity, it must be used effectively. When I work with executives and business leaders, one of the first things I ask is how they manage their time. Here are several tips for improving time management, which will ultimately trickle down to better business performance.

Time management

1. Delegate Tasks

Too often, I see executives that try to bring every small task to their plate for completion or direct oversight. This leads to inefficiency because executives who practice this behavior are being pulled in too many different ways. Proper delegation can save executives valuable time. Employees with the right skills and expertise to tackle lower level tasks should be allowed to do so with relative autonomy. It frees up the executive to do more during work hours.

2. Watch The Time You Spend Online

The internet is an extremely valuable and powerful tool. Executives often use it for researching solutions or interacting with staff, clients, and business partners. However, the internet can be a major distraction that is a drag on your productivity. Make sure to be disciplined online—you can do this with time tracking software that tracks your time usage on the internet, such as how long you spend writing and responding to emails.

3. Recognize That It’s Ok To Say “No”

Sometimes business leaders feel obligated to accept invitations to meetings or oversee projects when they don’t need to be there. You shouldn’t turn everything down, but you should evaluate if your presence is needed to get something done, or if your time would be better suited elsewhere. You don’t have to totally be “absent” either—you can send a list of key points detailing your perspective on the meeting’s agenda, or you can send another employee in your place who can report back to you afterward.

4. Effectively Manage Meetings You Attend

If you are running a meeting, then you’ll want to make sure that you are efficient with your time. You should do this by starting on time, and not slowing down or repeating yourself if others are late. You should hold others accountable and expect them to do the same for you while the meeting is going on. Your co-workers will appreciate your professionalism. All meetings should have a clear goal (a lot of times this goal is setting a plan for another goal) that you can reach in the allotted meeting time.