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Creating a team of motivated workers can move an organization forward. Motivated employees are more productive, work harder, and are overall happier in the workplace. Understanding how to motivate employees can be a difficult process. It takes leaders who are willing to change how they do things to create a culture that fosters motivation. Following these tips can help leaders motivate their workers to get the results they want.
Leaders Motivate through Personal Relationships
The first key to motivating employees involves getting to know them. Increased interactions with an organization’s team let managers know the strengths and weaknesses of individuals. Leaders can find that some team members are more motivated when they work as a group, work alone, have a deadline, or are performing specific tasks. The only way to learn this is to have conversations with workers to find what suits them best. Then, managers can try different working conditions until they get it right.
Leaders Motivate by Setting Clear Objectives
Employees often have multiple projects and responsibilities that they must juggle. Although this is part of any job, employees do need clarity to determine the importance of the different aspects of their jobs. By setting objectives, creating deadlines, and describing the larger picture in which individual work fits, employees can understand what work to prioritize. It also keeps employees from wasting time and money on projects that are not of primary importance for the company. Giving employees this motivation can mean a significant boost in motivation.
Leaders Motivate with a Hands-off Approach
After managers do a thorough job of understanding and communicating with their workers, it is time to let them do their jobs. Intruding too much on the intricacies of how someone does their job can be deflating for the employee and counterproductive. Many employees can find motivation by feeling that they are trusted enough to not need micromanaging by an employer. Most importantly, micromanaging puts too great an emphasis on the mundane aspects of the job, and employees lose sight of the bigger vision of the organization that propels motivation. Once employees have the tools and clarity to perform their jobs, it is time for managers to take a step back.
Understanding how to motivate a specific team can take work. When managers approach employees as colleagues who are a part of the team, they can find individual ways to make their organization more productive. These tips can help guide leaders to create a motivated workforce.
As an employer, finding reliable employees that fit within your organization is no easy task. You want to make sure the candidates you’re hiring are going to excel within your company, and hopefully, create a long-lasting career. Your employees aren’t only responsible for carrying out specific tasks, they’re also a direct reflection and representation of your business. Thus, it is immensely important for employers and business owners to look for certain qualities when hiring people to work for them.
An employee should have a stake in the company or be somewhat invested in the business. For example, it can help if a potential employee loves products made by that company or believes in the company’s vision. When an employee has enthusiasm, it shows in their work ethic and quality of work because they take their job seriously.
Curiosity shows interest. When a potential employee is curious about the company and their specific responsibilities, it shows that they are ready to commit themselves and be more hands-on. It displays an eagerness and willingness to learn all they can about the job. During an interview, notice if the potential candidate asks questions about internal processes and business overall.
All employees should have critical, sound judgment. It goes without saying that anyone can be wrong, and everyone makes mistakes; this even applies to management, CEOs, and executives. An exemplary employee is a problem solver, that dives deep within their thought process to develop efficient solutions for different tasks and responsibilities. They also shouldn’t be afraid to voice adverse judgment, especially if it’s for the betterment of the company.
A hive mindset hinders a company’s progress and development. Each employee should have their own sense of individuality and qualities specific to them that make them unique. If everyone were to have the same ideas, the business wouldn’t evolve or become better.
Adequate Skills and Capabilities
Of course, it is essential and imperative for all employees to have sufficient skills as it pertains to the job they’re applying for. For example, if they are applying for a job as a receptionist for the company, they should have a considerable amount of skill in interpersonal customer service, communications, organization, computer literacy, etc. Look into past experiences, training, or education that reflects a stable work history.
There are many perks to assuming a managerial position such as promotions, bigger discounts, more vacation time, etc. However, taking a leadership role also places a new set of responsibilities on a person. Some duties that managers or people in leadership positions have includes overseeing employees/team members, planning, organizing, and directing. If a person wants to be promoted or hired for a leadership role, then they should display the following leadership attributes:
Develop People Skills
To be in a leadership role, one must have people skills. What are people skills? Well, people skills are patterns of behavior and behavioral interactions with other people. People skills involve dependability, flexibility, adaptability, analytical skills, respect, motivation, etc. A big part of being a leader also pertains to one’s intercession skills. For example, empathy, objectivity, integrity, reliability, and dedication are all characteristics of a leader with intercession skills.
Be Assertive, Be Receptive
To be a successful leader, individuals should maintain a balance of assertion and receptivity when it comes to communication. People need to be able to take a leader seriously. This doesn’t mean that the leader has the right to be rude or patronizing. It merely means that leaders assert themselves and set clear intentions for those they happen to oversee. While on the other hand, leaders also need to keep in mind that they don’t know everything. So, it’s also advised to display humility and consider other people’s suggestions.
A way to be promoted to a leadership role is to display certainty. The management wants to know that they’re hiring someone suitable for the job. Thus, it’s vital not to show timidness when tackling projects and voicing one’s opinion. Being decisive also helps show everyone else that one is very concentrated on executing a specific end goal and has a plan of action. Employers will be much more confident leaving such duties in the hands of someone who emulates those traits.
To land a leadership role, one should be ready to explain why they are qualified and prepared for the position. A person can show confidence in their abilities by highlighting their expertise during interviews, reading books on management, taking management classes, etc. A person seeking this position should also find out exactly what is needed from them as a leader in their field/business. For instance, different occupations may require a different approach when it comes to leadership.
About Jason William Kumpf
Jason William Kumpf has worked in international business for over a decade. With involvement in global real estate sectors, the expat sector, ecommerce, and finance, it is safe to say that Jason William Kumpf is a well-rounded businessman. By having a hand in multiple sectors of various international and national markets, Jason has built an incredible network of global professionals that include recognizable Fortune 500 companies as well as young, burgeoning startups.
Jason William Kumpf is Co-Chairman for an international California Trade and Business Networked called Cal Trade. To expand his reach, he also serves on the Young Members Board for FIABCI International Real Estate Foundation, a French entity with active chapters in 48 different countries. In addition to these positions, Kumpf is the Director of Alliance Partnerships at USForex Inc which works toward creating better exchange rates for several international ecommerce markets. Similarly, Jason William Kumpf is the Director of Partnerships at OFX, also in the international currency exchange rate industry, working towards the acquiring the best exchange rates available for his international clients.
In addition to Jason’s work internationally in the foreign exchange markets, he has also taken a great interest in tech startups. He has a passion for taking an outside look at complex issues and creating tangible solutions to better the overall structure of a new company. Because of his extensive training in a wide range of industries, and because of his energetic and positive spirit, Jason William Kumpf is able to not only craft great business strategy but motivate his teams as well.
Having spent nearly 20 years studying abroad and working internationally, Jason William Kumpf has seen many sides of business, negotiating, and leadership. For this reason, he feels it is incredibly important that he pass on the information he’s gained over the years to those looking to grow within the international exchange rate markets. Having a strong leadership style is valuable, but having the ability to adapt that leadership style to meet the needs of any market you’re working in is a priceless skill that will take anyone with the right drive far in life. Jason William Kumpf hopes to inspire some of this leadership in a new generation of young and talented industry members.
As Jason William Kumpf enters the next stage of his career, he looks towards opening new doors for leadership training and business strategy opportunities. If you’re a young tech startup or just looking for some leadership style advice, Jason William Kumpf’s new blog will act as a great resource. Without sharing what works, progress cannot be made, and Jason William Kumpf is dedicated to not only continuing a successful career for himself, but to see this reality happen for others.
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