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Motivating Your Colleagues

Lead Star, November 26, 2012

We have all experienced a workplace that is uninspired – where employees are merely working to get the job done so they can go home and get on with their lives.  While no one really wants to work in that type of un-enriching environment, it is sometimes hard to see what a difference one individual can make.

As leaders we can transform our work environment by acting in the following ways to motivate our colleagues:

  • Show appreciation.  It is human nature to want to contribute and to be appreciated and recognized for the work that you do.  Even a simple thank you to a colleague can go a long way.
  • Empower others.  Trust is a two-way street – you must be able to place trust in others before you can ask for theirs in return.  Delegating some decision-making authority on an appropriate project can make a colleague feel like a valued member of the team.
  • Maintain a positive demeanor at all times.  You do not have to be Little Miss Sunshine on a daily basis.  However, you cannot engage in the daily water-cooler gripe fest and assume that all of your colleagues will not follow suit.  Negative energy breeds negative energy.
  • Always exceed professional standards.  Maintaining high performance on a consistent basis provides an excellent role model for others to emulate.
  • Inspire a call to action.  Talk about your workplace with your colleagues and ask for their input on how to improve it.  You will be pleasantly surprised with the innovative ideas that a united team can generate.  Once individuals feel as if they had a hand in creating the idea, they will work diligently to see it through.

Don’t spend another day waiting for someone else to motivate your colleagues.  By taking these small steps you can drastically improve your work environment.

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