If your team isn’t delivering, or there’s a lack of motivation, or you’ve got an employee engagement problem, the first thing you should consider is yourself.
Many times these sorts of challenges are actually leadership issues.
𝗛𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮𝗰𝘁𝘂𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗱?
Sometimes managers blame employees for the lack of performance, but what if it’s something about the way you lead?
If it is, that’s actually good news because that’s something you can do something about.
You should ask yourself (or better yet, if you’re brave enough get the opinion of a sample of the people who work with you) about the following sorts of things:
🧐 How’s your listening?
🧐 Do you keep your word and do what you say you’re going to do?
🧐 Are you positive?
🧐 Do you show respect for everyone?
🧐 Do you set a tone of excellence?
🧐 Do you ask your team for feedback?
🧐 Do you trust people to do their jobs?
🧐 Do you lead with a quality mindset?
🧐 Do you take a personal interest in each employee?
🧐 Are you a good role model?
🧐 Do you micromanage?
🧐 Do people on your team feel empowered?
🧐 Have you provided for the professional development needs of your team?
This is just a start. There are a million questions you could ask.
If you answer these questions honestly, you might start to get some insights about why you’re struggling to get your people motivated.
I don’t have a team, but if I did, I know my issue would be micromanaging. And probably active listening too. Sometimes it feels like those things require more patience and effort than I have available most days.
What are your weak points?