Finding what motivates the people on your team
I have two wonderful children whom I adore. They are fun to be with and make me laugh. I couldn’t imagine life without them. I have learned however, that they respond differently to my approaches to them. They laugh at different things, respond differently to various forms of disciplined, are encouraged in different ways and are motivated by different methods. I cannot get the same results by doing the same thing to each of them.
The same is true with those you work with – they are motivated by different things. The way you encourage and motivate one is not the way you may do it to another. They are different people and they have been made differently by their creator. So it only seems logical that you would want to find the most effective method for motivating them. These principles are true no matter the size or type of organization you lead.
Hear are a list of seven ways people are motivated. I am confident one or more of them will fit everyone on your team.
1) The need for achievement
Some are motivated by success. When you give them a task and they complete it, they are ready for the next assignment. They are primarily self-motivate and the satisfaction of accomplishments motivates them even more.
2) The need for power
These people love to be in charge. They are motivated by the opportunity to make decisions and direct projects. They like to lead and persuade others. When put in the proper balance, these individuals may become your greatest asset.
3) The need for affiliation
These individuals derive satisfaction from interacting with others. They enjoy people and find the social aspects of the workplace rewarding. You can motivate people like this by giving them opportunities to serve on a team, task force group and so on.
4) The need for autonomy
These people want freedom and independence. If you can trust them, then you allow them to set their schedules and make a variety of choices. They work better independently and will produce more if allow them to operate on their own.
5) The need for esteem
These individuals simply find motivation from praise and recognition. Give them ample feedback and public recognition and they will stay motivated and become great producers for you.
6) The need for safety and security
These people crave dependability. They want a steady income, health insurance and the security to know that they will be taken care of. They most likely will not be your risk takers, but if you give them a sense of security they will be loyal and productive.
7) The need for equity
These people want to be treated fairly. They are most likely to compare work hours, benefits, pay, offices and privileges. Treat them fairly and they will treat you with great results.
Until next week,
QUOTE FOR THE WEEK:
“The person who knows “how” will always have a job. The person who knows “why” will always be his boss.”
Posted on March 19, 2010, in Communication, influence, Leadership, Relationships, Team and tagged Effective Leader, Human Relations, Leadership, personal relationships, team building. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.