There are a number of levels at which we can consider the topic of motivation as team leaders including these three questions:
What motivates each individual team member? Team members can be motivated by both internal and external factors. For some team members it may be pay that really gets them going, while others may be motivated by doing a good job. Spending time getting to know your team and what makes them perform at their best is a key part of stellar team leadership.
What does each team member find important? Our values shape what we deem as important. Whether our values are security, or adventure, these are the things that become our drivers and what we often seek out. Each team will also have its own set of values. As team leaders it can be important to have dialogue around values at two levels - the individual levels and the team level. See how value alignment works with motivation for each team member.
What are levels of trust and connection like on the team? Team motivation is often tied at a much deeper level to the amount of trust in a team and how connected people feel. We often look to the surface level of question what - What motivates each team member - without asking ourselves about the status of trust on the team. If trust levels are low, or if toxic behaviors are present, it's unlikely that team members are going to be motivated to bring their best to work each and every day.
AS you consider the topic of motivation on your team right now, what's important for you to consider? What issues need to be top of mind?
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