One of the most frequently asked questions during our high performing team leadership sessions is ‘How do I motivate my team?’
Many people think that motivating their team comes during inspirational speeches or by cheerleader type behaviour which many managers don’t feel they can do. Others think that motivation is achieved by a bonus or by a raise and depend on that even in the face of evidence that it doesn’t increase motivation.
Most people walk past the motivational effects of good day to day management and in particular something that a good leader should be doing well regularly, and that is delegation.
We recently attended the Leadership New Zealand leadership week dinner, where one of the speakers used the quote by American attorney and activist Ralph Nader, ‘I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.’
This is a fine quote and one of those that you cannot argue with. In this blog we look at the practical implications and end result of having this as a personal leadership philosophy.
First published in our NBR column this blog explore why performance is contextual. This reasoning is not an excuse for poor performance. But it is a compelling reason to begin regular meaningful discussions with our direct reports to understand the confluence of factors that actually do impact on their performance
Getting clear on your role purpose can help reduce stress, improve performance, and deliver better outcomes for the individual and the business
Clarity is an important word for leaders and is one of the key aspects of a leaders role. Providing clarity to the people who you are leading; Role clarity, clarity of direction, a clear vision, clarity of purpose, clear accountabilities and responsibilities and clear feedback on performance. This article explores clarity issues in managing teams