How motivated is your team?  And by this, I mean how inspired are they to do what you want them to do?  Top performers know that true leadership is about getting people to want to do what you need them to do.  In fact, if they think it’s their idea, you’re just fine with that.

Because this is a beautiful thing when you have created an environment where everyone is passionate and driven to deliver on the vision that you have created.  If this doesn’t sound like your team, you’re not alone.  And here’s the trick that so many managers miss, they think it is their job to motivate their team.

As a leader, it is your job to provide the inspiration, the direction and the environment that gets people totally committed to following you.  The team is then responsible for providing their own motivation.  And this becomes the easy part, because when you are inspired, you have direction and you’re in an environment that supports you, what is the natural by-product?  That’s right motivation.

So, if when you look at your team, you find them lacking motivation, guess what?  It’s time to look at the inspiration, direction and environment you are providing.  If you’re caught-up in the day-to-day stuff, remember to take time to do these important big picture things so your team stays motivated, effective and efficient.

John Ryan

Host of Key Conversations for Leaders Podcast, Executive Coach, Consultant, and Trainer

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