Anyone who has coached in the NFL can tell you that the key to success is as much about motivating players on the field as it is about good play calling.
Leadership consists of technical knowledge but it also consists of being able to motivate your employees to give their all. Employee motivation affects every area of your organization from productivity to your ability to recruit. So whose responsibility is it if your workers are not motivated? Yours, of course.
One of GoDaddy Founder Bob Parsons’ sixteen rules for success is that anything not managed will deteriorate. Leadership is an active role and not an easy one. The task of motivating workers is made more difficult by the fact that no one thing is likely to motivate all your workers.
Individuals tend to be motivated by different things, there is no single formula that works for everyone. However, you can motivate your staff by aligning your goals with their individual goals, which brings us to:
Get Them to See That Your Success Equals Their Success
The achievements of the team are achievements for each individual player, as well. As a leader you need to understand what drives each member of your staff so that you can direct their energies and ambitions towards fulfilling common goals. Know their strengths and their weaknesses. Another Bob Parsons rule is to measure all significant factors; this should include the abilities of your team.
Of course, no coach in professional football would go into a game without a plan and no player would feel confident playing for a coach who did not have a strategy mapped out for an upcoming game. Having clear plans reassures your staff that you know where you are going. A game-plan creates purpose, and having a clearly defined purpose is one of the greatest motivators in existence. It may sound hard, but your plan should clearly map out each individual’s role in getting to the objective and those roles should be suited to their strengths.
One of the reasons football is a good analogy for business is the pure teamwork needed to fulfill objectives. Sure, coaches and quarterbacks get blamed and credited more than they deserve but the only way a team can win is with each member understanding they are functioning parts of a whole. Each employee has to see themselves as having a responsibility to help their team (your company) succeed.
Recognize the Importance of Communication
For you to learn anything about your workers, you need to be willing to listen and create an environment where your workers feel free to communicate. You will also need to be able to make yourself understood; you do this by adapting your communication style to your listeners. Ensure your words are understood the way you mean them and that you and those who work for you are on the same page.
Finally, one of the most important tips is to always remain positive. Bob Parsons says you always have a reason to smile. A positive attitude by management creates a positive environment that will encourage workers to be creative and productive. It shows that quiet grumbling really isn't accepted, while still encouraging open discussion of problems. This attitude can be passed on down the ranks and create a positive atmosphere throughout your company.
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