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December: Staff Retention
Fire up your team!
Most organizations have at least one person who is a natural leader. When it is announced that he or she will be leading a new group, people line up to join the team. Workers often want this person to be their mentor or think of this person as a role model.
So how do natural leaders do it? What is their secret to getting people to go the extra mile for them? Some would have us believe that there are people who are born to be leaders. But no doctor in any delivery room ever held up a newborn and said, “Congratulations! You’ve got yourself a bouncing baby natural born leader.” The skills of leadership are learned through experience, and the decision to accept the role is personal.
In this issue of Your Source, you’ll find out how to be a leader at work and how to motivate your team members.
Good leaders not only “walk the walk,” they “talk the talk.” When they speak about the future, they are positive and upbeat. They always maintain a can-do attitude. Sure, there are some people who seem to be born leaders. But the best leaders are the people who work at it day in and day out.
Good leaders believe that every team member matters, and they work hard to foster an environment where everyone feels important and valued. It’s no wonder they attract all the support they need to help them achieve their goals.
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What Motivates People at Work?
How people feel about their job and their workplace largely determines how motivated they are. People are often more motivated and have more job loyalty when they feel valued at work, see themselves as a part of the organization and are contributing to its goals. Consider these ways to motivate your workforce, depending on what is appropriate in your organization:
- varied and interesting work
- high-quality training and development
- an open door culture in which management is approachable
- respect for a good work-life balance
- fairness at work
- proactive and regular communication
- regular appraisal and positive feedback
- the chance to socialize with co-workers at organized events
- recognition and reward for ideas
As a leader, you can motivate your team by:
- Demonstrating trust
- Manage, just don’t micro-manage. Trust the individual worker or your team to get the job done. Delegating key tasks can empower workers, and stimulate ideas and productivity.
- Showing respect
- Managers must show respect to their team before they can expect to be genuinely respected in return. One way to ensure this is to treat all team members equally and fairly.
- Giving encouragement
- If a team member falls short on a project, don’t be fast to criticize; instead, find out what the problem is and try to get him or her back on track. Identify if more training is needed.
- Valuing diversity
- What motivates one person may not work for another. Be flexible and use your interpersonal skills to get the best out of different types of team members.
- Celebrating successes
- Be quick to give recognition and praise on a personal level and in front of the entire team.