Leadership Inspires Motivation

Daily Leadership Behaviors That Inspire Motivation

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Want to spend your time in leadership activities that inspire motivation, trust, and certainty while dispelling employee fear, negativity, and skepticism? During times of change, no actions are more powerful than when leaders make the time to communicate and build relationships.

When leadership shares vision, optimism, and purpose driven goals, motivation and commitment from employees is ensured. Jon Gordon, author of Soup: A Recipe to Nourish Your Team and Culture (compare prices), who participated in an earlier interview about managers and motivation, recommends these six leadership actions to inspire motivation.

Communicate Daily With Employees

Communication is a powerful tool that leadership can use to create an environment that brings forth employee motivation. Communication provides information, makes employees feel important and recognized, and provides the glue that binds a workforce with their leadership and their organization.

“Communicate with transparency, authenticity, and clarity. Whether you have a scheduled morning meeting  each day, make office rounds in the afternoon, or take  your team to lunch,  make it a priority to make time to talk to each  and every member of  your  team on a regular basis. You may be busy, but, the truth of the matter is that you really can’t afford not  to,” Gordon recommends.

Transfer Leadership’s Optimism

“As a leader, your  most important weapon against pessimism (prevalent in recent years) is to transfer your optimism  and vision to others. This inspires others to think and act in ways  that drive results.

”Leadership is a transfer of belief — and  great leaders inspire their teams to believe they can succeed. As a leader and manager, you are not just leading  and managing people, but you are also leading and managing their  beliefs. You must utilize every opportunity available to transfer your  optimism,” Gordon says.

”From town hall meetings to daily emails to individual  conversations to weekly teleconferences, it’s imperative that  you  share your optimism with your team. Optimism is a competitive advantage, and you need to convey it in all you say and do. As one of the greatest American innovators, Henry Ford, said, ‘Think you can, or  think you can’t — either way you are correct.’”

Leadership Shares the Vision

Gordon recommends that to inspire employee motivation, leadership must, “Share  the vision. It’s not enough to just be optimistic. You must give your  team and organization something to be optimistic about. Talk about where you have been, where you are, and where you are going. Share your plan for a brighter and better future, talk about the actions you must take, and constantly reiterate the reasons why you will be  successful. Create a vision statement that inspires and rallies your team and organization.”

Leadership Builds Relationships

“Relationships build real motivation.  It’s much easier to motivate someone if you know them and they know  you.  After all, if you don’t take the time to get to know the people who are working for you, then how can you ever truly know the  best way to lead, coach, and motivate them effectively? And, for that  matter, how can you expect them to trust and follow you if  they don’t  know you as well?”

“Relationships are the foundation upon which  winning teams and organizations are built,” says Gordon. “I advise  managers to make their relationship with their employees their number  one priority. In fact, I’ve worked with numerous NFL coaches and have  seen firsthand how the most successful coaches and best motivators are  those who develop meaningful relationships with their players. The  same strategy that works on the playing field works in the office as  well.”

Leadership Creates Purpose-Driven Goals

Gordon recommends: “Create purpose-driven goals. When it comes down to it,  the real force behind motivation has nothing to do with money or  number-driven goals. Real motivation is driven by purpose and a desire  to make a difference. In fact, people are most energized when they are  using their strengths for  a purpose beyond themselves. When employees  feel as though the work they do is playing an integral role in the  overall success of the company and the world, they are motivated to  work harder.”

”Similarly, when they feel as though they are working for  something more than just the bottom line, they feel good about the  work they are doing. So as a leader, you will want to  motivate your team by focusing less on  number goals and more on  purpose-driven goals,” Gordon explains. “It’s not the numbers that  drive your people but your people and purpose that drive the numbers. Sit down with each individual on your team and talk through their personal goals and how you see those goals fit in to the bigger  picture. Give them a sense of purpose that will fuel their fire towards taking action.”

Leadership Nourishes the Team

These may seem like  strange words to apply to the workplace. But Gordon insists they are  spot-on. He says, “The main question that every employee in every  organization wants to know is, ‘Do you care about  me; can I trust  you?’ If your answer is yes, they will be more likely to stay on the  bus and work with you. Employees who feel cared for, honored, and  nourished are more engaged in what they’re doing and will work at their highest potential.”

Think about it: Gallup’s research shows that employees who think their managers care  about them are more loyal and productive than those who do not think  so. If you nourish your team and take the time to invest in them, they  will pay you back in productivity, creativity, and loyalty. If your employees know that you care about them, they will want to do good  work for you. It’s the greatest motivator of  all.”

“Remember this simple formula,” Gordon concludes. “Belief plus action   equals results. If you don’t believe that something can happen, then you  won’t take the actions necessary to create it. If you believe that  your  team can do big things, they will believe it, too. And that  belief will  fuel the fires of action and provide you with the results  you’re looking for.”

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