Motivation is the external and internal factors that stimulate energy or desire in people. The stimulation makes people to be continually committed and strive towards attaining a goal. Team motivation contributes to the overall success of an organization and harmonious working environment for the team members.
The ways to inspire, lead, and keeping the team motivated include:
Knowing their needs
This is best achieved by listening to the members of your team. It is the only way to know what the team needs. It also helps in identification of how the needs can be provided.
Your team will perform better when they are assured of your respect. Create internal recognition and awards. Always show respect your team’s dedication and hard work.
Leading by example
Leading by example motivates your team. For example, if you set new hours of reporting and leaving work then lead by coming early. Be above the bar you set.
This is best achieved by stepping back and letting your team members do the work. Your team members will be highly motivated and therefore, perform better when they know you trust them.
Stressing the company’s or organization purpose
Setting clear and realistic goals is a very important way to motivating your team. People work better when they know what is expected of them. Remind your team members that every individual ability and hard work makes a difference and contributes greatly towards the organizational goals.
Demonstrating decisive actions makes your team members to develop the same skills. The success and growth of any organization depends on the decision of the team members.
Your emotions should always shine; laugh, have fun and laugh with your team. Positive emotions will always encourages good thinking and problem solving becomes easier.
Avoid imposing fear
Using fear as a leader does not inspire your team members. Leaders should teach and coach their team. Strive to motivate you’re your team by avoiding instilling fear on them.
Instill leadership in your team members
Give each member of your team a chance to grow and move to the leadership position. Empower your team members to make decision and organize decision making trainings for your team members.
Identification of weakness
Identify your team members’ weakness and help them overcome those weaknesses. This helps them avoid the mistakes in future and boost their confidence.
Accountability makes your team members feel that they are part of the company’s success. They therefore do whatever it takes to accomplish the goals set.
Avoiding unnecessary meetings
Organize only necessary meetings and set clear the agendas. The agendas should be distributed in advance and the members attending should be only those who must.
The members in your team will have different personalities. Flexibility will help you lead each individual differently. While some members of your team will work independently and succeed, others need close monitoring. Adjusting to the different personalities and understanding is a good motivation to the team members.
Transparency builds a stronger level of trust which is conventional between a leader and his/her team. This highly motivates a team hence increase team productivity.
This keeps the entire team minds fresh. It motivates and inspires the team to think of new ideas that build the success of an organization.
Rewarding your team
Make sure that your team members pay is consistent or higher from those of other companies within the same industry is a good motivation. Also have prizes for the best performing members of a team. This will make each member of a team to strive to get the prize.
Team building programs help employees to get to know each other well and get to learn from other members’ strengths. With this, employees learn how to work more effective as a team.
The main goal of motivation is to improve productivity. Team motivation helps the team members work efficiently. A highly motivated team requires less or no supervision since every team member understand their roles thus improved productivity. Keeping the team motivated gives room for more creative innovative minds. The team members will not shy away with their ideas. The ideas and innovations could lead to the attainment of the organizational goals.