How To Effectively Motivate Your Team To Achieve Success
Summary: You're the leader in your business, but what if you don't know how to motivate your team to achieve success? It's not always easy to get your team on board and motivated to achieve success. Teams can be difficult to manage and motivate, especially when everyone is working towards different goals.
What is the role of leadership? To motivate, inspire and support the efforts of others towards a common goal. Leaders need to be able to listen for ways to motivate their team so that they can achieve success.
When this success is achieved, it's a game-changer for your business!
Listen in to find out ways to motivate your team to achieve success for them and for you!
It’s not always easy to get your team on-board and motivated to achieve success in your small business.
Plus, the bigger your team is, the more people you have working on different goals, which, in turn, can lead to more chaos, challenges, and frustration as you continue to grow.
So, the question at this point becomes: How do YOU focus on expansion while keeping your team focused on continued success?
The key is effective leadership.
Effective leadership – which is about motivating, inspiring, and supporting the efforts of others towards a common goal – is possible with the following FOUR strategies:
1. Be clear, concise, and consistent with the common goal
Oftentimes, you’ll find that your team members are working on many different types of goals. And as much as this may seem perfectly innocent (and natural), this might actually be the reason that you haven’t been growing as much as you’d like to.
A lack of clear, concise, and consistent communication can lead to lots of confusion for one or more members of your team, which can lead to one of two possible outcomes:
That employee, lacking clarity, will become frustrated and blow off their responsibilities.
They’ll use whatever resources or desires they have to find clarity for themselves, which might not always be in your best interest.
Each situation is different but they both lead to the same end result: more chaos.
The key to avoiding this is to make it clear (from the very beginning) exactly what the goal of the company is – a common, shared goal that all employees, regardless of category or status, can work together to achieve. Having the same “end in sight” will help motivate your team to achieve success and keep your team on course for as long as it takes to actually reach that “end”.
Note: Your common goal can always change! As long as you are effectively communicating these changes with your team, you’re doing all you can!
Have you provided enough support to help your team achieve their goals?
If you’re not quite sure the answer to this question, here are just a few questions to consider:
- Do they have the right supplies?
- Do they have access to the right software?
- Do they have time on their calendar to do things you asked of them?
- Do they have the knowledge or expertise?
- If not, do they have the ability to GAIN this knowledge or expertise?
If the answer to any of these questions is “no”, your employees might be facing a pretty substantial roadblock. We find that most teams want to succeed, but the lack of resources and support works against motivating your team to achieve success.
3. Always strive to inspire.
Inspiration is what helps you and your team find success even during times of hardship and adversity. It’s the “why” that keeps them going when it’s tough, when it’s frustrating, when it all feels downright impossible.
Keep your team connected to their “whys” and you’ll always remain afloat, even in the most treacherous of storms.
That's right, it's your role as the visionary in the business to keep banging the drum of why you do what you do. If you get to the point where you can't stomach saying it one more time, keeping going - it will make all the difference.
Humans desire to be seen, heard, and valued.
When you lift up your team members and celebrate their accomplishments (both big and small) they feel more connected to the company as well as confident that their hard work has real value. This makes them feel GOOD…and motivated as a team to achieve success through their work so that they can experience this GOOD feeling again and again!
That being said, ALWAYS make sure to take the time to celebrate the wins. In fact, it’s usually best to ask each member of your team how they prefer to be recognized when they meet their goals. People enjoy recognition in various ways, so this will look different for everyone!
At the end of the day, an unmotivated team is a losing team.
Using the power of a shared goal, proper support, inspiration, and recognition of goals both big and small, you can motivate your team to achieving SUCCESS!Plus, even if you execute these methods imperfectly, you’ll still see the needle move in your business. And through trial and error, you’ll find what works, what doesn’t work, and what may need to be readjusted. It’s all in good time, my friends! Remember: success doesn’t happen overnight!