Hello, it’s Caroline here from Wide Eyed and today I am going to talk a little bit about motivation. I have been thinking about it in terms the role of leader in motivating and how many times I hear the fact that people don’t feel motivated because of something that someone else has done.  And this made me think a little bit about something I intuitively thought and has now been backed up by neuroscience.

And that’s the sense that, being engaged and really feeling connected to something actually leads to self-motivation. Amy Brann goes into that in her book entitled Engaged extremely well and really gives you a sense of actually self-motivation as being something that is more sticky is much easier to maintain then relying on someone to motivate you .

This got me thinking then about the role of leader in motivation, and a little bit like I have talked about in my creating the vision and the role of the leader is really about enabling and creating an environment that allows people to participate.

So. my thoughts today are that:

It is about getting engagement, getting connection, getting everyone involved whether that’s right at the beginning creating a vision or whether its problem solving getting everyone engaged and really help them feel connected to the challenge or the issue rather than just being fed some information or being fed some activity.  So that really important piece, connection and therefore the sense of being engaged.

Then that leads me onto my second thought which is around how important, and I have seen this work myself as a leader when I have worked with big teams, everyone having something to champion.  Often when people would come to me with a problem if I let them talk a little bit further they’d often have a solution or at least a thinking and starting point for the solution.  And then giving them the wings, the opportunity to take that forward and to fix the problem, not only gave them the sense of empowerment but really motivated them because they were not only able to identify something but then actually be involved in fixing it.

My third thought then is where I actually think the leader is specifically required and this is around optimism and that sense of the fact that this is achievable, if we are all connected, if we are all championing something then actually we can make a difference.  And I think the role of the leader and the language they use and their ability to make sure that everyone feels we are all moving in the same direction and that we can overcome challenges and we are not frightened of failure, we are going together achieve something again is a great motivator.  I would also say to the leader, don’t ignore the nay sayers because they could quite easily derail the process and again you get them involved, get them championing, they are going to have a really powerful effect on the motivation of the whole team.

So, those are my thoughts for the day three things around motivating: the first one is self being connected and engaged, the second one being a champion of the problem that you have identified and the third one is having an optimistic leader that can help you move forward.

To leaders I say your role is less about being a motivator and more about being enabler of self-motivation, which I think has got far more long term benefits and also is going to require far less energy in order to keep people maintained and motivated.  Amy Brann looks at the fact that self-motivation in this context also ends up with self-management, so that people not only will feel motivated but they then will go ahead and perform tasks without people having to be monitored or managed.

Again I would love to hear thoughts and get any feedback and also please do download my making compelling tips for creating a great vision.  I will also be following this up with a webinar and a little mini course which is really a starter, an expansion of some of the thoughts that I have been sharing with you.  Have a wonderful day and I look forward to speaking to you next week.  Bye bye.

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