Leadership motivation is a common topic for people in management. A leader's ability to positively influence and motivate the team to work towards a common goal is key to the success of any organization. But, just how does a leader learn to positively influence and motivate?
We covered seven characteristics of team motivation in the article, Leadership Training that Transforms a Team.
Leadership motivation can be learned by taking a closer look at those seven characteristics. You may be surprised to learn that the seven characteristics of leadership do not require a person to be an exceptional speaker, or a larger-than-life personality. Motivation of a team can be achieved by any leader willing to learn and step out of their comfort zone.
Values: Sharing values brings people together. This doesn’t mean having exactly the same set of values, but rather it means taking the time to learn what is important to each member of your team will assist you positioning your commitments in terms your co-workers can understand and appreciate.
Planning a team-building activity that promotes sharing and communication, like People Power, can create a fun opportunity to learn more about your team member’s values.
Vision: Strong leadership motivation is created with a vision - a clear picture of what the future will look like. Leaders must share that big-picture vision in a way that inspires others to work toward that end.
Sharing a clear and exciting vision is an important element of leadership motivation, however many leaders make the mistake of keeping their vision locked away in their mind. The time you take to put your vision into words will pay off greatly in your ability to positively influence people.
Trust and Integrity: Trust is created by consistently doing what you say you are going to do. Honoring your commitments, as well as being consistent and reliable in the way you treat others.
Great leaders consistently demonstrate to their co-workers that they are trustworthy. Trust and integrity is a fundamental characteristic of leadership motivation.
Motivational Style: Motivating your staff by fear or by the “carrot and stick” approach will never yield lasting results. Exceptional leaders have one thing in common; their teams want to work hard and will go to great lengths for their leader – they are not forced.
But how do they do it? Exceptional leaders come in a multitude of styles, but they all appeal to their team’s higher sense of purpose and desire to be a part of something larger than themselves, something great.
Extraordinary leaders continually engage and connect with their team. Most importantly, they understand the power of communication and learn to communicate effectively.
One way to develop your leadership motivation style is to engage and connect with your team through activity. We have an entire section of teambuilding activities that are field-tested and proven to be successful. You can visit our Team Building Toolbox for a variety of ways to engage your team and create natural opportunities to connect and communicate.
Planning: Good planning is another key aspect of motivation in the workplace. Strong leaders have the ability to create an action plan - often by starting with the end in mind; envisioning the future and then working backwards.
Simply asking the question, "What needs to happen in order to get us closer to the outcome we seek?" will reveal many of the steps that need to be taken. Creating an actionable plan with a timeline, anticipating obstacles and developing contingency plans are all important elements of leadership planning.
"Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not of words. Trust movement."
- Alfred Adler
Planning and organization are learned skills and become second-nature over time. There are many resources dedicated to planning and organization skill-building, so don’t ever let your poor planning become someone else's emergency (especially your boss); it is a sure-fire way to erode your credibility as a leader.
Execution: Execution is simply doing all the things you know you should do and doing them well. Consistently executing your role as the leader goes a long way toward gaining the confidence and respect of your team. Execution is about doing what you say you are going to do, or if you can't for some reason, by all means take the time to explain why.
Learning: Leadership motivation is about continuous improvement. Exceptional leaders are always seeking out new ideas or leadership resources; books, websites, speakers and conferences, etc. - all in the pursuit of continuous improvement.
At Leadership-Tools.com, we are dedicated to supporting you in your leadership journey and we have a number of tools and resources available so that you can continue to learn and grow.
Remember, it’s not a larger-than-life personality or eloquent speaking skills that make an exceptional leader. Keeping these seven leadership characteristics top of mind and striving for continuous improvement will generate true leadership motivation for your team. Never underestimate the importance of your role as the leader to positively influence the people around you.
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