Want to be inspirational? Don’t wait for a big “rah-rah” moment. Build it into your every day. Here are 5 ways to get your people inspired.
1) High Aspirations
Always push for excellence, and remind people what they can achieve together. Just check your ego, and balance ambition with reality. Nothing is more demotivating than repeatedly missing unrealistic goals.
2) Challenge Your People
Don’t underestimate what people are capable of. Find the best in them, and don’t be afraid to push for it. Help get rid of barriers and take low-value work off their
plates so they succeed. Be a proactive coach.
3) Give a Damn
Nobody wants to feel like a cog in the machine. Show some real interest and learn what’s going on in your employees’ lives. What are their ambitions and dreams? Be a part of helping them make it happen.
4) Connect Emotionally
A leader’s emotions are contagious, but many managers try so hard to appear “professional” that the workplace feels drab. Don’t be afraid to show emotion and share your stories — good and bad.
5) Learn From Your Team
Surrounding yourself with smart people only matters if you learn from them. Ask for candid feedback. Be open to changing your mind and your behavior. People will notice and start to follow your example.