As a manager you are always doing all you can to help your employees perform at their best. You utilize all the tools in the book. You set challenging goals, hold effective meetings, and appoint those who have experience beneath you to help you manage the team.
However, while doing these things it can be easy to forget about a key factor when it comes to creating motivation within your team. That is, focusing on your personal impact on the energy levels of those around you.
While you may think energy is something an employee either has or doesn’t have, the reality is you have a large impact on how motivated they are day-in and day-out. As a leader, all of their eyes are on you, and your daily actions can significantly elevate or decrease their energy levels.
Here are 3 things you can start doing immediately to become a more energizing leader.
Have a Positive Attitude
This is more than likely not news to you, but it needs to be reiterated. It is simple, the more upbeat you are the more exciting you are to be around.
As a rule of thumb, you want to always make an effort to be supportive, optimistic and courteous to your employees.
For example, if you find yourself disagreeing with an idea of one of your employees, don’t simply tell them no. Instead, respect their effort and opinion and find a way to meet in the middle. Focus on what can be done rather than what can’t.
Get to Know Your Employees
Energizing leaders do not just sit back and give orders. They get out and look to create strong mutually beneficial relationships with their employees. They get to know what drives them and motivates them to do what they do daily. When they have conversations with them, they are fully engaged and actively listening. By creating these relationships, your employees will not just see you as their boss, but as a person who genuinely cares for their well-being.
Aim to Create a Learning Atmosphere
Energizing leaders seek to create environments where employees are always challenging their minds. As an experienced leader, you have a key role in creating this by sharing your knowledge and experience whenever it is applicable. You also need to make yourself available for any ideas your employees have and make sure they know they can always come to you with their thoughts.
Encourage brainstorming and creativity amongst your team members. Teams that consistently have open, honest conversations are able to reach better solutions as they are able to consider all possible perspectives before arriving at a final result. In the end, there will be no one clear way to motivate and energize each employee. They are all unique and what works for one may not work for another.
The best way to figure out what makes a person motivated is by simply asking them. Ask them what brings them happiness on the job and what you can do to make their job easier and more satisfying.
You can never go wrong by showing this type of interest. It will show you genuinely care and you will be on your way to having a full team of motivated and energized individuals.