Being a successful leader is being about communicating effectively to motivate the team around you. The impressions you leave on the people you build your professional relationships with determines whether you’re able to achieve the results that you require.
Establish a Positive Environment
Nobody wants to wake up Monday morning and dread going into work. Employees won’t work hard for employers whom they don’t like and have no respect for. Creating a positive and upbeat work environment will encourage your employees to band together as a team, and fill them with a sense of responsibility to the success of the projects you are in command of. It also gives them a sense of respect that you care about their success and well being.
Build Positive Relationships
People under your employ are just that… people! Respect them and they’ll respect you. Understand that everyone has their special talents, and it is up to you to ensure you put them in a position of winning. Take time to know them and be empathetic to their needs. Having good relationships with those you work with will create openness and accountability to each other’s mutual success.
Ever hear someone say “It’s not what you said, but how you said it!” Effectively communicate your ideas and instructions in a way that “speaks” to your team will ensure they understand what you want from them, and give purpose to what is required of them.
Emphasize the Positive Meaning of the Work
Sometimes those you work with don’t see the big picture. They only see their immediate situation. In order to get people to following instructions and to be efficient and productive you must convey the importance of their tasks to the larger picture and help them understand that everyone is vital to its overall success. No matter the size of the task, if your employees feel that they are positive and important contributors, they will work harder and smarter.
Your effectiveness as a leader is determined by how well you build your team and can motivate them to reach their full potential. Making them feel valuable and important will build loyalty among your team and encourage them to strive for a higher position, perhaps even your job! Be positive and encouraging. Inspire them to have the vision of leadership themselves. Your success depends on their ability to get the job done. The attitudes that are developed will entirely be determined by you. Be the best you can be and watch how it trickles down through every person on your team.
About the Author: Elliot Zovighian is a Certified Coach Practitioner and author of the book, "Enough is Enough: Get Off Your @$% and Make It Happen!" from Toronto, Canada. He is president and founder of EZLifestyles, a motivation and development company providing custom presentations, seminars, and keynote speeches, for corporations, organizations, schools, and private groups.