5 tips on how to inspire your team
So, in the time of Covid-19 everyone understands the danger of general apathy, and how can anybody blame people for being apathetic? Most people have been stuck inside for the last 2 years at this point, with nothing to do other than pass time doing the same short list of activities. So now as people go back to work it is more important than ever to inspire your team, whether as the team leader or simply a team member these 5 tips can help you today.
1. The Goal
Everybody works for a goal, depending on your industry your goal may vary, but no matter whether it is to publish a webpage, launch a product, gain clients or anything else, make sure your team understands the goal. Primarily as a team leader you should ensure that your team not only understands their individual goals but understands the overall team goal, team member A may have the goal of working on a website, team member B may have the goal of networking but it’s important they both understand the main goal of your business. Understanding where the goal posts are can significantly help inspire a team to score.
2. Everyone’s a leader
At the end of the day nobody likes being told what to do, which is why the best leaders manage not order. Ensure each of your team members has a level of freedom, their own constituent areas where they above anybody else can decide what happens. The modern economy is based on the philosophy of creativity and innovation. The best leaders know that they must nurture innovation, not eradicate it, at the end of the day your team is there because they are qualified to be there, take advantage of their qualifications, and give them freedom.
3. Don’t take yourself too seriously
There are 3 archetypes of disliked individuals; bankers, mother-in-laws and bosses. As the leader of a team you are unfortunately one of those archetypes. This is ultimately an issue which you must overcome. The simple way to do this is have personal discussions with your team members, nobody works as hard as when they are enjoying themselves, and nobody works as hard as those who work with their friends. Be down to earth, don’t order – request, if somebody needs a day off chat with them, ask about their interests, when somebody does good work let them know congratulate them. With these steps you can overcome the weakness of being a boss.
4. Cooldown time
Every work group needs to have a plan for the week, to know when to work and what to work on. But a key part of any plan to work is to relax, it has been shown that one work session of 6 hours including a 1-hour break will always be more productive than simply 1 6-hour work session. Make sure to work break time into your timetables, particularly if you work 5 hours or longer in a single sitting. And beyond this if possible organize meetups with your entire team, try to foster a friendship as well as work relationships.
Everyone has been part of a team where somebody isn’t pulling their weight, it’s unfortunate but it happens, there’ll always be somebody that underperforms for some reason. However, remember, they did not get hired for nothing, there will ultimately be a reason that a person seems unenthusiastic or just distant, speak to them, don’t go accusatory, simply be a friend, be there for them and ask if everything is okay? It’ll be a lot easier for you, and your team if rather than having to remove a problematic teammate you instead can confront the issue and help your teammate.
Hopefully these tips will help you with your team, at the end of the day always remember you’re a team, which means you work together, everybody gives, and everybody takes, and ultimately this teamwork is the basis of all of our tips.
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