Great things in business are never done by one person. They are done by a team of people”
– Steve Jobs.
Keeping your team motivated is not a cakewalk; it takes a lot of effort and patience to become a successful leader. But once you achieve it, you can watch your team excel. To coordinate all the members of your team, to inspire them, and to bring the best out of them is what makes a leader stand out.
When people from different backgrounds come together, it is not easy to manage them, and to top that if the teammates don’t speak the same language, it merely makes the task even more challenging. But there are specific proven strategies that tend to work effectively to make the team stand together. Let me share some of those helpful tips:
- Be someone your team members can trust
It is one of the most crucial factors, to be someone your team members can look up to, make your teammates feel that you are there for them, you are reliable. It will make them feel more comfortable and from the employee point of view to have a leader or a manager who has their back is priceless. Never hesitate to take accountability if something goes wrong with the team. The leader is the soul of the group.
- Give your team the space to talk.
Never try to force your opinions on your teammates, encourage them to talk. They might have a better solution than yours. Giving them space to talk makes them feel more valued, and also improves teamwork through employee engagement. Try to create some personal bond with your teammates; this will give them more confidence to speak out and keep your team motivated.
Even if any of the teammates gives out a bad idea or solution, don’t make fun of them or make them feel bad. Instead, explain to them why it is not the right solution. Also, don’t forget to encourage them to ask questions.
- Appreciate team effort
To feel valued in your workplace is very important. No matter how small the achievement is, appreciate your teammates. And also make sure your teammates appreciate each other. Make sure to give credit to your teammates, it is one of the essential rules for teamwork. It is one main factor that most team leads fail to acknowledge, especially if the teammates are experienced people. It will give a feeling of taking them for granted. So never hesitate to appreciate them, mostly every individual will be happy with it.
- Engage in some fun activities
Amid the hectic work schedule, team activities are like an oasis in a desert. Make sure the teammates enjoy it. The best option is to ask them what they want to do. Take their feedback and then arrange the activities. It can be game time or a team lunch or even a weekend getaway. Anything that takes their mind off the work is good.
When dealing with some complicated issues, make sure to ask the teammates to take small tea breaks, it will enhance their productivity.
- Make sure your team members are comfortable with each other.
A team will have people with different backgrounds and cultures; it is relatively easy for some conflicts to happen between them. So make sure your teammates are comfortable with each other, and treat your teammates equally, also ensure they have a healthy relationship with each other. It is only then they can work more comfortably.
For example, if your team is brainstorming for some innovative app ideas. And if one employee comes up with an idea and if someone makes fun of it, it can cause tension between them. It will affect their relationship and in turn the teamwork. So make sure to avoid such events.
The leader is the soul of the team, someone who makes the whole group stand together. When you make sure you stand by your teammates and never let them down you will have a highly productive, motivated team.
“For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.” ― Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book.
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