As a manager, it’s one of your responsibilities is to lead your team to greatness. This can get a little exhausting at times, especially when difficult circumstances arise. But remember that becoming a great leader doesn’t happen overnight; it’s a day-by-day process.
There will be moments which can wear down even your most audacious employees, times where they’ll feel unmotivated and unproductive. When these moments do come, here are helpful ways you, as the boss, can do to keep your team motivated to consistently perform like champions every day.
1. Start with the man (or woman) in the mirror
The energy of your team will, of course, start from you. If you’re not excited and inspired, your employees won’t be either. Your mindset is your most important asset, so you have to continually work on it as part of your self-care regimen. Focus on creating solutions, achieving goals, and share your enthusiasm with your employees.
2. Cheer, don’t just coach
Great leaders bring out greatness in their team because they see what is possible and transfer that belief to their people. Empower your employees by letting them know you believe in what they do. Often your belief in them will directly affect their confidence in themselves.
3. Practice empathy
An old-school management practice is to give negative reinforcement to drive results. This has been proven to be ineffective, and it also creates an unhealthy work environment for everyone. By leading your team with support and empathy, you will build a stronger relationship and increased rapport with your team. Your employees will step up to the plate and deliver at the next level.
4. Don’t micromanage
Leave employees alone. That might sound counterintuitive, but backing off is a great way of motivating your team. Top performers want space to be their best, all the while feeling a real sense of trust from above.
5. Keep your doors open
Demonstrate your eagerness to support your team by having a regular one-on-one time to discuss how they are. When impromptu requests come up, regardless of how the day has gone or the deadlines looming, view it as an opportunity to empower your team members through feedback and support. These conversations could be anything from work or personal life related. Just make sure you don’t disclose any personal things about your discussion. Keep it between you two.