MOTIVATE YOUR TEAM, BECOME A BETTER BUSINESS
9th December 2015
Inspiring, leading and motivating your team can be a hard and continual task. Here at EMS Recruitment we have devised the best Top Ten Tips for your team and business to reach greatness, improve capabilities and increase staff retention.
1. DO WHAT YOU SAY & BE DECISIVE
If you demonstrate decisive action taking your team will lead by example. Procrastinating will only bring down the morale of the business. Earn respect by following through on what you say and don't plan on saying something if you do not intend to follow through with an action.
2. BE A LEADER WITH VISION
Make everyone aware of the collective vision of the company. Keep this simple and continual as an ever changes brand vision will lead to uncertainty and instability. Make sure each individual team member is involved and understands the brand vision as this will filter into their daily successes.
3. PROACTIVE ENCOURAGEMENT
Successful leaders encourage personal growth and mentor their team. Give your team members great personal development training and encourage them to be the best they can be. Make suggestions that will enrich their own personal development outside of your organization. Individuals want to be seen as people and not numbers, recognise and support individual talents and strengths.
4. ENCOURAGE CREATIVITY
The same work day in day out will eventually lead to boredom. As a leader think about different ways of working, give your team the ownership to come up with creative ways of working; giving your team a chance to use their initiative. This will motivate individuals and give them more accountability for the success of the business.
5. BE SUPPORTIVE & BE FLEXIBLE
One way does not fit all. As a leader learn and accept that each individual is different. Learn the strengths of the team and by celebrating differentiation this will add to the success of the business. Each business needs a whole spectrum of individuals to make the business come alive. Be open and flexible, understand that Not every person on your team is going to have the same personality. You need to be flexible in how you lead each individual. Some will require a little more handholding than others while some will excel when they are given more independence.
6. BE ACCESSIBLE & REALLY LISTEN
This can be the most challenging when your mind is full but actively listening is vital. Take time to listen, not just in a corridor. The only way you are going to know what your team needs from you in order to be more successful is to listen to them. Sometimes simply listening can help you to identify ways you can provide what is needed. Also being accessible will bring you closer to your business and team. By not being approachable means that you have no great understanding of your business
7. DEVELOP FUTURE LEADERS
Give every member of your team the ability to move into progressing roles by empowering them to make decisions and by giving them great training. If team members feel that the company has future potential for them, they will be much more likely to stay. If individuals feel stuck with no where to go they will be much more likely to look elsewhere. This will improve your staff retention hugely.
8. EMPOWER YOUR TEAM and DON'T MICROMANAGE
Accountability makes your team feel like they are personally invested in the success of the company when they see what needs to get accomplished they will do what is needed to reach specific goals, even if it means navigating around a potential obstacle. A true leader will step back and let his team do their jobs without standing over their shoulders. Micromanagement makes the team feel that you have no trust in them, bringing the team and business morale down.
Your team wants to be involved with your company's growth and innovation. Welcome and encourage them to roll up their sleeves and get involved. Delegate roles and responsibilities, giving your team empowerment. When they feel like they are part of the future it inspires them to be more productive. Not only does this help the company, but it also prepares them for a more meaningful role in the future. On the flip side If a team member screws up, don't simply point it out and not offer a solution to avoid making the mistake in the future. Explain what they did wrong and what they can do to improve and not make the same mistake again.
10. SHOW RESPECT AND APPRECIATION
Your team will perform much better when they know that they have your respect. Show respect for their hard work and dedication, it will create a much more productive team.
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