Question: I am a team leader and I am having trouble figuring out how to motivate my team to perform better than they currently are. Do you have any suggestions?
Answer: Yes, I basically have a checklist for you to think about. It is my basic checklist for developing strong teamwork.
1) Do you team members feel safe on the job? Do they believe that you and other team members have their back?
2) Are they connected to each other and to you as their leader? Do they believe that you care about them individually and have their best interests at heart?
3) Do you really listen to them? Do you respect and value their opinions?
4) Do they have choices within the context of their role? Do they have room for creativity?
5) Do they have any fun on the job? Are they learning new things that are useful to them?
6) Do they understand how their part fits into the bigger whole of the company? Do they understand why they are being asked to do what they do?
7) Do they have a solid understanding of what quality looks like? Do they know exactly what is expected of them? Are they asked to self-evaluate how their effort matches the standard of excellence? Are they expected to always improve the quality of their work? Can they honestly self-evaluate without the fear of punitive consequences?
8) Are you known to work as hard or harder than you expect them to work?
If you were able to answer yes to all the questions, then pat yourself on the back! You are doing an outstanding job.
If youanswered no to any of these questions, then that would be an area where you, as the leader, could make improvements.
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