A while back I sent a survey to Linn Leadership readers asking what their biggest leadership challenges are. I received many answers about strategic planning, decision making, communications and so forth. But, a challenge that many people expressed is how to motivate their team.
I am going to make this easy for you. To motivate your people you do not have to be “motivational”. You do not have to be charismatic or even a particularly skilled communicator.
Just do one simple (but incredibly powerful!) thing. MAKE THE LIST OF THINGS YOUR PEOPLE ARE DOING MATCH THE TIME THEY HAVE TO DO THEM.
This is a leadership skill that most managers do not have. It is a skill that is rarely, if ever, taught in management training programs. But, it is the most important aspect of team motivation.
People are motivated when they feel like they are making progress. If their task load is always more than they have time to do they will feel like they are spinning their wheels.
As the leader you can fix this and tap into the power of a motivated team.