How to Motivate Your Team - One Question You Must Ask
When you think about having energized, motivated teams, if you're like most leaders, you will focus on your people, or maybe their surroundings.
But if you want to lead energized, motivated teams, the first place you want to put your focus is on yourself…and specifically, on your motivations.
You can do this with one question:
Ask yourself, “Why do I want to lead?”
There are typically five reasons people choose to lead a team. I call them the “Five Ps”.
- Pennies / Purse
3 PROBLEMATIC P’S
Let’s take a look at the first three of these reasons people choose to lead a team:
- Power - you want the ability to tell people what to do
- Prestige or Pride - you gain a sense of well-being or pleasure from the title
- Purse - you want the increased pay that often comes along with the role
The problem with trying to lead from these motivations is that they are not aligned with what it takes to succeed as a leader.
2 POWERFUL P’S
Leaders accomplish results with a team. Relationships AND results: those are the critical motivators for successful leadership.
Those are the motivations in the final two Ps, People and Purpose:
- People - you want to serve the team or organization
- Purpose - you want to achieve a specific mission
THE CRITICAL QUESTION
If you want an energized, motivated team, begin by examining your own motivations. Be honest with yourself: Do you choose to lead in order to serve your team and accomplish meaningful results?
If you find that power, prestige, and the pull of the purse are your motivators, you will have trouble. People instinctively know when you don’t care about them or don’t care about the mission.
The good news is that no matter why you started leading, it’s never too late to choose people and purpose.
You can begin by filtering your decisions through two questions: How will this serve the team? How will this help us achieve results?
If the answer to either question is ever “it won’t”…then DON’T DO IT.
One final note: we’re all human. I live in the real world and I don’t expect you, me or anyone else to not care at all about money, roles, and power. It’s part of who we are. You just want to make sure that you’re honest with yourself and put people and purpose at the top of your leadership motivations.
Remember: The more you prioritize people and purpose, the more automatic they will become, and…the more energy and motivation you will see in your team.