There’s a big difference between being a boss and being a leader. Anyone can be a boss, responsible for guiding their team and assigning tasks to different members of staff. But true leaders possess something special.
In today’s evolving workplace, the dynamics of leadership have changed dramatically. Most successful companies have moved away from the traditional hierarchal structure of multi-departmental, top-down management to a reverse model of servant leadership. This approach allows each leader the ability to elevate their team members to be more involved in the decision-making process.
The result, everyone is thoroughly engaged in the process. No one is left behind.
If you’re working to become a genuine, more effective leader for your team, the key to success begins with inspiration. Here are some ways that you can motivate and inspire your people.
#1 Set Clear Targets
Employees need to know what they’re working towards to ensure that they’re on the right path. As a leader in your organization, it’s crucial to have a clear idea of what the overall vision of the business is and what you need to do to get there.
Setting goals for each employee that will help to drive you towards your overall target will help to keep your people focused. Measurable goals are also much easier to track, ensuring that your staff members can measure their performance and see how far they’ve come in a specific period of time.
Excellent goals are specific, clear, and easy to understand. It’s also worth choosing goals for your teams that help them to identify their importance and unique attributes within the team setting.
#2 Deliver Ongoing Feedback
Feedback has always been an important factor in keeping team members focused and inspired. As many studies show, approximately 65% of modern team members wish they had more feedback from their leaders.
Remember, giving feedback doesn’t just mean telling your staff they’re doing a good job or a bad one. Be specific with the feedback you provide, so your people can really learn.
Don’t be afraid to ask for feedback from your staff, too. They could give you excellent insights into how to be a more effective leader. Most importantly, servant leadership enables the successful manager to ask this simple question: “What can I do to help you succeed?”
Yes, let’s be clear, the best leaders are those individuals who are more inclined to empower others to make the right decision rather than the old method of “I tell, you do” thinking.
#3 Be Fair With Compensation
There’s more to keeping your team inspired than paying them the right salary. However, it’s hard for anyone to be invested in a job where they feel as though they’re not fully appreciated. If you can’t offer the most competitive salary compared to the other companies in your space, ask what you can do to make their role more appealing to staff.
- Can you deliver extra benefits and learning opportunities, so your employees feel like they’re accomplishing more when working with you?
- Is it possible to provide more paid time off work, or more flexible scheduling, so your teams can arrange their days to suit them?
Think outside of the box when it comes to showing your teams that you understand their worth.
#4 Create a Company to Be Proud Of
One of the biggest jobs many business leaders have is creating an image for the company. They need to be able to explain what the true mission and goals of the company are to team members, so they feel as though they’re a part of something important.
If you want your employees to feel inspired and motivated, then give them a target to get behind. Let them know how together you are all making the world a better place, not just how you’re making as much money as possible.
- Can you get involved with charities that your team members care about?
- Can you contribute to your community in a way that’s going to inspire team pride?
Find out what your employees care about and get involved.
#5 Work on Communication
Finally, it’s hard for any team member to feel inspired if they don’t also believe that they have a voice in the company. They need to know that you take their insights and feedback seriously.
With that in mind, try to build a company culture around open communication and collaboration. Ensure that your staff members can share their ideas on how to improve the business freely, without any scathing remarks or risk of negative feedback. That’s what a servant leader does.
Remember, employees are more inspired when they believe they have a significant ownership and investment in the company they work for.
For more information about building a team of energized and inspiring servant leaders, visit my website at https://jerrycovella.focalpointcoaching.com. I am also available by phone at 609-364-6705 or email at email@example.com.
Jerry is a graduate of Glassboro State College/Rowan University in New Jersey with a degree in communications and post-graduate studies in Business Management and Finance. A strong advocate of volunteerism, he has supported numerous non-profit organizations over the years, including the Jaycees, the American Red Cross, The American Cancer Society, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Jerry currently serves as Chairman of The Future Stars Foundation, and he also enjoys board/committee positions on the Greater Millville Chamber of Commerce, The Greater Vineland Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey. He has also cherished more than 20 years of coaching, mentoring grammar school and high school athletes in soccer, basketball and lacrosse. He resides in Vineland, New Jersey with his wife Deanne and is a proud father to Nicole and Caitlyn. To learn more about Jerry or to contact him directly, click here.