Let me throw a question your way.
Are you finding it challenging to keep your team motivated, or perhaps you’re searching for ways to ignite that spark?
Well, you’re in the right place. But first, let me share a slightly unconventional view on motivation – a perspective that might just reshape the way you approach leading your team.
Motivation Should Be The Default State
First things first, I want to challenge the idea that it’s a leader or manager’s sole responsibility to motivate the team. Instead, let’s consider this: when someone joins a new organisation or takes on a new role, they usually do so with excitement and motivation.
So, if that motivation wanes, something must be contributing to it – perhaps a leadership action or oversight.
Is it That Black and White, Though?
Of course not.
In leadership, very few things are that black and white. That’s what makes it so interesting, right?
There are times when we must actively motivate our teams, especially in the face of significant organisational changes or when taking over a less-than-enthused team. But, and it’s a big but, our primary focus should be on avoiding actions that demotivate our people.
The cold hard truth about workplace motivation is pretty eye-opening.
According to a 2023 Gallup study, a mere 15% of people globally claim to be motivated at work. In the UK, that number drops to a shocking 8%.
Just let that sink in.
I think it’s time to shift our perspective.
Now, here’s a dose of motivation for you – motivated employees are 87% less likely to leave an organisation. Think about the time, effort, and resources you invest in recruiting and onboarding. It’s a considerable cost.
And here’s a bonus – motivated employees can boost a company’s profitability by around 21%. Who wouldn’t want that?
The Top Demotivators
Here is a list of the things we need to be mindful of to ensure we’re not unintentionally snuffing out the motivational flame that should be burning inside our teams:
1. Micromanagement: Nobody likes it. Give your team the freedom and autonomy they need.
2. Lack of Progression: People want to grow. Ensure there are clear paths for advancement.
3. Lack of Training: Invest in your team’s skills. It pays off in more ways than one.
4. Leadership Competence: If your team questions the leadership capabilities of you and your peers, motivation takes a big hit.
5. Toxic Relationships: Address unhelpful behaviors. A positive, healthy workplace culture is key and ignoring poor behaviour damages your credibility. See point four above!
So, there you have it – a fresh perspective on leadership and motivation.
Let’s focus on creating an environment where motivation thrives, and remember, leadership isn’t just about being liked; it’s about guiding and inspiring.
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Until next time, keep looking after those you have the privilege and responsibility to lead.