Aside from having talent, good knowledge of the business, vision for the company or the activity they are leading, managers cannot rely only on these qualities to inspire their employees to produce great results. The money they pay their employees is not the answer either. To get better performance, managers need to be doing things that address people’s basic needs. Like esteem, self-realization, belonging.
Here’s an ‘oh … so true’ quote from one of my favorite business books, Good To Great, from Jim Collins:
The real question is not, “How do we motivate our people?”. If you have the right people, they will be self-motivated. The key is to not de-motivate them.
Being a good leader is greatly dependent on how you deal with your employees on a day-to-day basis. The right behaviors, performed genuinely, will make your employees want to work hard for you. Since they will know that making you look good with high quality work, will in turn reflect on the team.
WILL GET BETTER PERFORMANCE, A MANAGER WHO …
1 Shows Confidence In His Team
You should ask questions more than you dictate. Your employees are the specialists in their field, so empower them by making them accountable. Consult them when you need to make a decision. This will give more meaning to their job and help them gain confidence in their own skills.
2 Supports His Employees
This is also part of creating a climate of trust. People need to feel that you are part of the team. And a strong team implies that people look out for each other. But it goes even further. They need to know that their boss will not point fingers if an error occurs. The desired approach being to implement the right solutions to avoid repeating the same error in the future.
3 Focuses On What’s Best For The Company
Unfortunately, sometimes we fall upon a boss whose own personal agenda is what drives his decisions. Employees can see clearly through this type of management and will not be incentivized to be loyal. Don’t let your high ambitions cloud your judgement and behaviors.
4 Shows Interest In His Employees’ Work
It’s important to find the time to meet your employees to go over their ongoing projects with them. To confirm the usefulness of their work. Which is key if you want to engage people. And it will show you have respect for the work they do.
5 Gives Feedback
Don’t forget to provide feedback on the work they accomplish. When you’re happy, say it and say why. When the result is not quite what you’re looking for, provide explanations and make sure they are well understood. When you’re dissatisfied, invest some time to go over the problem with your employee. A boss who invests time and energy to realign an employee in the right direction will earn more respect and will often get a positive outcome.
6 Communicates Information From The Top
The more employees are kept up-to-date on the various decision makings at a higher level of the company, the more they will feel connected. When the right decisions are being made, learning about them will enhance employees’ sense of direction. Of course a good leader will be able to screen information to forego what may not be necessary for all to know and is more likely to cause worry and insecurities if communicated.
7 Has The Will To Develop, Innovate, Improve
Progress is part of what people need in their lives to give more meaning to what they do. And business fields evolve. Try to provide a work environment where people are encouraged to see far ahead and be creative. Your employees will develop a habit of finding solutions and new ideas before you even have to ask for it.
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What do you think? Anything else you would add to this list? Let me know in the comment section below!