The most successful managers and leaders in business will tell you their main goal is to motivate their staff and to build something that is lasting. To be able to achieve this, you are going to need to have a high degree of motivation for yourself and your staff to thrive off. Boosting morale within your team environment will create a better atmosphere, which can ultimately boosts sales, customer satisfaction and company image.
Below I have provided 8 steps that I have used in the past to help build and motivate successful teams in my workplace.
1. Energize your team
We have all worked in places where there is a leader who sucks the life out of everyone in the workplace. To be an effective leader, you want to be the type of person who strives to bring a positive energy to their team and boosts morale.
This can be done by the following things including;
- Celebrating the wins that exist.
- Honouring special occasions.
- Treating setbacks as learning experiences.
- Personally promoting the enthusiasm—even when it’s hard.
- Spending time to engage with people.
- Extending inclusion beyond your employees.
2. There’s more to life than work
As important as it is to make sure your team is meeting company KPI’s and sales targets, it is also important to encourage your team to have a healthy work-life balance. It is advisable to encourage your team to engage in a healthy lifestyle and allow time for personal reflection. This will help with motivating your team members to be more creative with their thinking and be more productive at work.
3. Put your people first
When leading a team it is important to remember that no organization is better than the people who run it. You are in the ‘people’ business, the business of hiring, training and managing your team to be the best they can possibly be. If they are seen to be the focus of the organisation’s success, you as a great leader will need to attend to their every need in order to achieve this.
Like Sir Richard Branson said "Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients." By having this type of focus on your employees, they will automatically be motivated by the team culture and the work environment they are in.
4. Act with integrity
Showing your employees that you value integrity inside and outside of the work environment, can help motivate your staff and create a sense of pride in the organisation.
You have to remember that when you are in a leadership position, you have people who look up to you for support and guidance.
Examples of promoting good integrity can include participating in activities such as volunteer work outside of work hours and being a respectable person within the community. It is important to conduct yourself in a professional manner when representing the company or while helping your team members with tasks that are outside of your normal work responsibilities.
5. Be a great communicator
Being a great communicator has to be one of the most important steps of leading a team. Too many times, I have worked in organisations that don’t understand how important communication is and how much it can affect team morale if not carried out properly. Leadership is about influencing others and if you cannot communicate effectively, the motivation of your team will go out the window. In order to motivate your staff through proper communication, you first need to work on your ability to influence your team by carefully choosing words that will be impactful for the message that you are trying to get across. It is also important to find out what is the best method of communication for different people on your team. Certain people have different ways of receiving information than others.
6. Be a great listener
Taking the time to listen to your team members is one of the most effective ways of leading a team. Leaders who are open to listening to their employees are able to create trustworthy relationships and breed loyalty within their team.The best leaders are the types who have their employees best interests at heart because they truly understand and listen to everything they have to say.
7. Being a problem solver
Problem solving is what leaders exist to do to help motivate their team to keep achieving high standards.As leaders, the goal is to reduce problems occurring – which means we must tackle problems head-on.
It’s important to sustain momentum for the organization and the people we serve. However, the reality of our workplace finds us dealing with people and issues that complicate matters which makes it harder for staff to be productive and stay motivated.
To help solve problems and keep your team’s morale high, it is advisable to carry out the following;
- Communicate with team members.
- Identify the root cause of the problem.
- Surround yourself with open-minded people.
- Have a solid foundational strategy.
Applying these types of practises can help you become a master problem solver and boost the motivation of your team. Embracing problem solving within your team helps to build a fantastic team culture and allows team members to think outside the box.
8. Leading through experience, not through title or position
Being and effective leader for your team will help encourage and motivate them to be better than they ever had imagined. If you want to be successful as a leader and do the best for your employees, leading through your experience is the only way to do so.
I see too many people in leadership positions who have no idea of what an effective leader is and how to motivate their team to do great things. To lead through experience, you sometimes have to put yourself in your employee’s shoes and remember how you felt in certain situations in your career.
Learning from other leader’s mistakes and continually improving through your own experiences will ultimately help you and your team to stay positive and motivated within your team environment.
The rules to being an effective leader don’t change between the good and the bad times. But when a business is going through tough times, these 8 principles we have spoken about could mean the difference between success and failure. There is no time like the present to start motivating your employees. Applying and providing the support to your team will help you get through the tough times.