The answer is yes. There is only so much any one person can do, so getting the most out of others is crucial to success.
This all begins with winning trust – everything else follows. Motivating others is an essential part of leadership. The ability to motivate others relies on what they think of you and how they think you view them.
This requires planning and observation and knowing that each person is unique and they have different triggers to motivation. To motivate effectively, you need to know what motivates each individual, the pressures they face, what influences their decisions and thinking, and how you can make a difference.
These ten principles of motivation will help you to help your colleagues and self.
1. Be motivated yourself Self-motivation rallies others.
People will ‘step up to the plate’ if you do so yourself. Knowing what motivates you will help you to motivate others. Motivation is viral, we derive energy from energetic people, we absorb enthusiasm from others and get enthusiastic. Motivation is as infectious as yawning.
2. Recruit people who are highly motivated and assign them to the right position
Match people’s motivation to their job. Some are motivated by making sales while others are motivated by following processes, building teams or pursuing new ideas.
3. Treat people as individuals
We all have different values and personalities. What works for one may not motivate another. So, tap into what motivates each individual to improve performance.
4. Set challenging but realistic targets
Nothing is more demotivating than unachievable targets. Nothing is more motivating than achievable, we-can-beat-the-competition targets – they tap into our competitiveness and desire to produce something to be proud of.
5. Focus on progress
it motivates Everyone responds to a pat on the back – they’ve earned it and deserve it, so make it happen. The result: an upward spiral of people wanting to achieve more.
6. Develop an environment that motivates people
Eliminate or minimize anything that blocks motivation – from bureaucracy and unnecessary procedures to lack of resources. Provide training and coaching to develop skills and to make people feel valued.
7. Fair Reward and Recognition
Ensure that people receive fair rewards a reason to stay and to help your company excel.
8. Recognize people’s work
We all want our efforts to be acknowledged. Recognition is needed to maintain commitment.
9. Be honest about your intent
Honesty lies at the heart of motivation. Be clear about what your intentions are. People will be motivated only by those they can trust.