Many leaders use outdated methods of motivation like bribery and dangling a carrot. Perceived as manipulation, these methods backfire by creating mistrust, passive-aggressive behavior and inaction.
Inspiring employees, on the other hand, is about being authentic, modeling the behaviors and attitudes for others to follow, and creating impetus for them to take action.
Here are five tips to inspire employees to higher performance:
Communicate a vision with high energy. If a leader is passionate about the vision and has consistent energy, it is contagious. When employees feel that energy, they want to be a part of the vision.
Foster a team dynamic. A leader’s central focus should be the team. Leaders should cheer on the them, identify successes and praise individuals and the group.
Be trustworthy. Trust is the key factor in. When employees feel they can trust their leader’s decisions and that they are supported, they perform at higher levels.
Focus on the positive. When leaders focus on the positive outcome of a project and do not succumb to peer pressure, they are highly respected by the team. When the team sees that others who challenge, gossip or try to deter them off of the mission do not sway the leader, they are inspired to model the same behavior.
Be caring and compassionate. These two traits are crucial for inspiring others. Take the time to get to know and understand the individuals on your team. Adapt to their styles. Showing this respect inspires team members.
So out with motivation and in with authentic! The result will be inspired employees who perform at higher levels.