Leadership and Motivating Others
Every person is motivated when he or she wants to do something. Motivation is all the reason which causes a person to act, including negative ones like fear along with more positive motives, such as money, career advancement, love, or recognition.
According to the 50-50 rule there is only about 50% that you can motivate other people after that it is up to them. There are many different methods to motivating others such as incentives, rewards, threats, or persuasion. All of these actual or potential influences may have an effect but keep in mind that 50 percent of a person’s influence stems from the environment(which is you and other external factors) and the other 50 is from their own internal motivation.
This article will cover some of the principles to motivate others and inspire yourself from proven methods and leadership.
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” -John Quincy Adams
1. Be Motivated and Inspire Yourself
You will never be able to motivate and inspire others unless you are motivated and inspired yourself. Only motivated leaders can motivate others.
Enthusiasm inspires, especially when combined with trust and a positive mood. Enthusiasm spreads rapidly because it is catchy and most enthusiasts believe in and like what they are doing.
2. Only Work With People Who are Highly Motivated or Show Some Interest
Its very hard if not almost impossible to motivate other people who do not have an interest or who are not already self motivated. Don’t always go on first impression because someone may seem motivated the first time you meet them, but they may be “acting” in order to make you think they are more motivated than they really are. A good test to figure out the characteristics of a person would be to ask them about life accomplishments or simply ask someone who knows them.
3. Treat Each Person Individually
Unless you take the time to work with each person individually you might miss a golden opportunity to find out from them what motivates them. Its not always the case but asking can’t hurt anything. Some people may not be clear about what motivates them or their life may have changed enough so that their motivates have changed. This will be part of your task to figure out what will motivate and inspire them.
Remember that if you want to improve a group of people treat each one individually and give each of them the opportunity to express their hopes, dreams, and fears. Show them that you truly care. Try really hard to help the person you are trying to motivate and avoid manipulating them at all costs. Manipulation only leads to control problems and may turn the person against you in the future.
4. Set Realistic Targets that Provide a Challenge
Most people want a goal to work towards and some type of challenge in order to feel like they accomplished something along the way. There needs to be a balance here. If you put up to hard of a goal with to many challenges you will lose them and they will feel worse about themselves.
Make sure you and the person have an agreeance on the goals and challenges. What might be easy to you might be difficult for someone else. After someone is on track to their goal remember you can only impact 50 percent of their motivation the rest is up to them.
5. Progress is a Motivator In Itself
Progress motivates people to keep on working on their goals. The farther along they get the more inspired and excited they will become to get finished. This is a great motivator in itself because it is like a freebie for staying on track and working toward your goals. Remember to give positive reinforcing feedback along the way because this to will help inspire the person to finish the task.
6. Environment Environment Environment
Creating a motivating environment is a must for anyone to take their objective seriously. You have little power to motivate others internally but you have a great deal of control of the motivation they are able to receive from the environment around them. Think of the flip side to a motivated environment like a “cluttered desk” or a “messy house” and realize how much these factors effect a persons productivity. Try to avoid as much repetition in the pathway to their goal as possible. The last thing you want is a person to get bored and give up. Explain why things need to be done the best you can and let them know how their actions will influence others.
7. Set Up or Provide A Reward
One of the best feeling that comes with completing a task is to get some kind of reward. It doesn’t even have to be a tangible item it could be a “great job I appreciate you doing this for me.” Try to balance the reward based on how much effort goes into the task. Reward small rewards for easy and quick tasks and bigger rewards for lengthy more challenging ones. If fairness is not achieved it can lead to de-motivation or low morale. Rewards don’t always have to be giving someone something it could be an opportunity to grow in career or personally. Remember that something you like may not be something someone else wants as a reward.
8. Give Recognition
Even if you give rewards never forget this part. Recognize the behavior and reinforce more positive motivation. If the person has done a task for you thank them. Recognize effort even if the person didn’t complete the task to your quality standards its the effort thats important and will build them up for bigger and better success.
“The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.” – Henry Kissinger
“Any of us will put out more and better ideas if our efforts are fully appreciated.” -Alexander F. Osborn
“No man will find the best way to do a thing unless he loves to do that thing.” – Japanese Proverb
“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” -Rosalynn Carter
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