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A leader's greatest asset: motivating staff

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Knowing how to motivate people is important. When successful US businessman Charles Schwab was asked why he earned such a huge salary, he commented, “Lots of people work here who know lots more about steel than I do. I can inspire people. I consider my ability to arouse enthusiasm among employees the greatest asset I possess.”

Now I’m not going to say that motivating people is an easy job. It’s tough and you have to keep at it constantly. Successful business owners always acknowledge the role that good people play in their operations.

Here are some relatively simple things you can do to keep your employees on their toes – it’s good for them because they can feel personally satisfied when they give their best (and they get rewarded) and in turn, top performers produce better results for your business.

It doesn’t matter how much you ask your staff to pull their socks up, if they’re not motivated, they won’t do it.

Bob Hazell, a director of Advanced Training, in Oxfordshire, UK – which specialises in helping companies instil passion in the workplace – says that drive, attitude and confidence are three keys to motivation.

Hazell says good managers learn what they need to do to motivate their team. The essence of management is to actually ask yourself how you’d like to be treated.

Most people agree that it would be lovely to receive a ‘thank you’ and a ‘well done’ every so often. Putting yourself in the shoes of your employees is the best way to motivate your employees and produce a positive vibe.

Drive alone won’t do the job. An optimistic attitude is essential to motivate staff. Attitudes often breed from negativity. In many businesses, there’s one person, the ‘rotten apple’, who is pessimistic and seems to be able to bring out the worst in every situation.

If you’re looking to work on your business rather than being stuck in it, book in for a complimentary business assessment today with Switzer Business Coaching

Important information: This content has been prepared without taking account of the objectives, financial situation or needs of any particular individual. It does not constitute formal advice. For this reason, any individual should, before acting, consider the appropriateness of the information, having regard to the individual’s objectives, financial situation and needs and, if necessary, seek appropriate professional advice.

Published on: Friday, August 05, 2011

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