As a manager, one of your main goals is to have your team performing at its best. You do a lot to get the most out of them from holding productive meetings to setting goals and milestones for them to chase.
However, one thing you may be overlooking as a manager is how much you energize your team.
Contrary to popular belief, it is not just on the individuals to bring their own energy to the workplace every day. The reality is, as a leader you play a key role in their motivation.
Your team members are capable of feeding off your energy, whether it be positively or negatively. Here are some ways you can take advantage of this and get the most out of your team.
Have a Positive Attitude
All good leaders do their best to consistently have a positive attitude.
It’s simple enough. The more upbeat you are the more exciting you are to be around in comparison to someone with a negative attitude. This is why it’s important to try to always be encouraging and optimistic.
For example, if a team member comes to you with an idea you don’t necessarily like or agree with, don’t just say no. Instead, respect the idea and find a way to meet in the middle on the matter. When issues occur, rather than focusing on all that is wrong, focus on what you and others can do to make it better. Be consistently positive and it will surely spread to your team members.
Get to Know Your Team Members as People
As you probably know, a good leader does not simply tell people what to do. Instead, they focus on creating strong relationships with their co-workers. They strive to know their concerns and emotions, and be fully engaged when conversing with them.
The key to having these strong, genuine relationships with team members is being forthright and honest. So not only making team members accountable for their actions, but themselves as well.
Create a Learning Environment
The final strategy to getting the most out of your team is creating an environment where learning is at the forefront. This goes two ways. You should always be looking for opportunities to share your knowledge and experiences, and you should be open to learning the same from team members.
This also means encouraging open dialogue, brainstorming sessions, and creativity. When your team has an open environment like this where they communicate frequently, they are more likely to have better ideas and higher quality solutions to problems.
While this is sound advice for motivating your team members, realize what works for one individual may not work for another. If you are struggling to figure out what makes one person tick, the solution is easy- just ask them. In your next conversation or meeting with them, ask them what the organization can do to make their job better. By asking questions like this, it shows you’re invested in helping them enjoy work and succeed.