We must accept that without teamwork we are likely not to achieve more in the workplace although it is an activity that many people tend to avoid. This is the reason why leaders should be at the forefront when it comes to fostering teamwork on their employees. There is a lot more they can achieve when the team is involved in any activity that needs to be done.
Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric 1981-2001 said, “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” As a leader, you are the one to push your employees, you are the one to direct them and one of the powerful conversations you can have with your team members is about their goals.
It is not always about their next project or their responsibilities but their goals. When you tap into someone’s core drivers, you maximize their motivation on the job. They will even do much of the work on their own. A recent study by The Alliance shows that “75% of the employees are willing to use their own time to further their careers and take on additional learning that would benefit them at work.”
Also, know that leadership skills are not tangible. Anyone can learn to improve and work on their leadership skills regardless of inborn qualities. Through self-awareness and training, you can boost the impact you have on your team which frequently has a tangible effect on performance.
You are tasked with effectively guiding organizational goal achievement. It is therefore important for you as a leader to help employees find their internal motivation, reflect behaviours that inspire and motivate your team to change and always view employees as part of a team and seek to empower them so that they exceed minimal expectations. Do not be a leader who views his employees as subordinates.
Have a vision plan that is well articulated to your team and ensure:
The nature of work keeps changing and leaders are expected to find ways to increase employee motivation and improve their performance. Without the right leadership skills, this is not possible. I, therefore, urge employers to try as much as possible to embrace the well-rounded and effective leader qualities if they look forward to growing their companies and being the best leaders.