How to Motivate Your Team as a Leader?

Leadership as Max DePree defines is nothing but defining reality. By reality, it means that a leader must be aware of all that is happening around. The job of a good leader is to provide an achievable goal to his team, allocate the resources, and motivate the team towards achieving the set goal.

The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. Between, the leader is a servant.

Max DePree

In times like these when a majority of the workforce is working from home, it becomes important for a leader to keep them motivated. There can be hundreds of distractions, mental health issues, financial problems, communication barriers, etc stopping your employees to perform as per their capabilities. It is the job of the leader to identify such problems, talk to the employees, and motivate them.

#1: A Happy-Team

A happy team

Keeping a team happy should be the top priority of a leader. By being happy we do not imply giving them less work. It implies doing small things that ensure the team stays positive even when there is more work pressure. Give the team recognition, listen to them, and work on their inputs. If they see that the management is putting in efforts for their good, they will always perform better than expected.

#2: Effective Communication Skills

Communication with Leaders

You might have the idea of the century but if you are not able to communicate that idea to your team, it will end up as just another task they have no clue about. When you don’t understand a thing and you still do it, you will always be less motivated to do it. Talk to your team and express how passionate you are about the idea. Hold question hours, create PPTs, or do a stand-up comedy act it doesn’t matter. What matters is the effective transfer of the message.

#3: Feedback

Employee Feedback

Make sure you have a feedback system. More than that, as a leader, make sure that the concerned HR department takes due actions based on those feedbacks. Always remember that issues are relative. It depends on the person concerned. Slow bandwidth speed might not be a major issue for the designing team, yet for the tech department, slow internet can be frustrating. Ensure that all the complaints filed by your employees are addressed and you are one step closer to a more motivated and happy team.

#4: Trust & Provide Opportunities

Giving Opportunities

There is a new role that demands a lot of effort and you are unsure about giving it to a particular team. Take that risk, call them, and tell them that you are confident they will come out with flying colors. Your trust acts as the ignition temperature for your employees. It means that once your employees see that you are trusting them with responsibilities they will start working with enhanced dedication and a sense of responsibility.

#5: Constructive Criticism

Corporate Criticism

Sometimes things don’t go the way you want them to go. It is important in that case to stay calm and not to vent out your frustration on your employees. They might have made a mistake and things are in a mess. At these crucial moments, it is important to do damage control and the first step of damage control is to recognize the mistakes. A frustrated employee will not be able to work properly so point out the mistakes in a constructive way and trust them that they will resolve them.

Employees are like a team. Each member has their own skills, values, and habits. As a leader, we hope you start understanding your team. When you understand your team, you lead your team in a better way.