It's inspired teams that achieve amazing results, that break new records and scale new heights. Inspiration is contagious, and once enough people are infected, they can continue to inspire each other to even bigger and better results.
Every leader should have the goal to create an inspired team and here are seven tips that will help you achieve that goal.
1. Ignite the Passion
When people are passionate they will go the extra mile; they will work harder and longer to achieve the goal and as Inspiring Leaders we need to ignite that passion. Passion is contagious, and the first thing we need to do is to find our passion and look to transfer that to our teams.
2. Nurture Belief
People become inspired when they have the belief that they will be successful, and we need to nurture that belief. We all have greatness within us and as leaders, we need to help our teams release their greatness. We need to build their confidence in their abilities.
When we have the belief that we will be successful, it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
3. Show What's Possible
People have greater belief when they have a plan or an approach which shows them how to be successful. So we need to show them what needs to be done and how they can achieve the goals. This then leaves them with the task of just following the plan, knowing that if they do that successfully, then they will be successful.
4. Provide Purpose
People are much more inspired when they are trying to achieve things that have a higher importance, it gives them a sense of purpose, and a stronger desire to be successful.
We need to find that higher purpose and create the desire within our teams.
5. Invite Participation
It's impossible to force a team to be inspired, so we need to invite them to participate, give them an opportunity to achieve something special, something astounding. I have found as a leader I always get better results when I ask rather than tell people what they need to do.
When people accept the invitation, then they also accept partial accountability for achieving success, and when people accept accountability the probability of success increases.
We need to create some early wins, some quick successes and then recognize achievement, the more achievement we recognize, the more inspired the teams will become as they start to see themselves progressing towards the goal. What we recognize gets repeated, and we want to encourage our teams to continue to achieve success.
7. Empower Our Teams
The more empowered our teams are, the more ownership they take.The best way to empower our teams is to hold them accountable for outcomes. When you hold the teams accountable for outcomes, you allow them to take control of what needs to be done, and if they see that the approach is not achieving the desired results, then they can change it.
Inspiring leaders Ignite the passion, Nurture the belief, Show what's possible, Provide purpose, Invite participates, Recognise achievement and Empower their teams to be successful.
What do you do to inspire your teams, i'd be really interested to know?