Leadership in the Work Place

There are two types of leaders: those who believe that you can motivate people and those who believe that motivation comes from within. When we try to motivate people what we're really doing is encouraging people to act on already-present motivation, ideally in a way that furthers the organization's mission.

How do we do that?

Encourage and Applaud Great Ideas
Open and maintain dialogue about critical areas, such as reasons for fluctuating attendance weekly. Allow idea-sharing in many ways, both formal and informal. Conduct meetings featuring formal presentations with detailed action plans. In addition, accept pitches via e-mai and coax brainstorming and idea-polishing through impromptu conversations.

Don’t Disparage Bad Ideas
When people are encouraged to suggest great ideas, it’s inevitable that they will present good ones and really bad ones as well. To create and maintain an environment that supports innovation and creative thinking, help everyone with ideas independently.

When starting a new project or assignment, even the most enthusiastic and conscientious employees need to understand your direction. Despite the depth of experience and knowledge, people may get stuck at a crossroads. To keep moving forward and keep people engaged, clarify results desired.

Eventually the vision and the steps needed to achieve goals make sense. When people see clearly how certain actions will take them down the desired paths, they take action and make good decisions without hesitation, on their own, by drawing upon their internal stores of motivation.