Able to motivate and inspire others to action
What is it?
Inspiring others is the ability of managers to envision what can be accomplished and then getting their team excited about that goal. Everyone wants to feel like they are contributing to something important. Visionary leaders are able to cast a vision that engages the hearts and minds of workers.
Why is it important?
Without a strong and compelling vision, people lose interest in their work and disengage from their jobs. Billions of dollars are lost every year because of low productivity and poor employee performance. Managers are constantly frustrated by unmotivated employees who do the bare minimum in their jobs. As a result, many managers live in a constant state of irritation because they rarely see employees living up to their potential and working hard for the company.
Craft a Compelling Vision
First of all, managers have to have a clear vision of what can be accomplished. The must be able to envision a concrete goal and believe that it is attainable. Then they have to communicate their passion and belief to the team over and over again. Big, hairy audacious goals get people’s attention and engage their hearts.
Remind People their Work Matters
Managers have to convince each and every member of their team that what they are doing is important. Members need to feel like their work matters and they are needed and valued. Teams can’t perform at their best unless every single member is performing at his or her best. And one of the best ways to engage members is to let them know that the team needs them.
Use Stories to Motivate
Successful managers know how to tell inspiring stories. They might be stories of a customer benefiting from their product or stories of team members going above and beyond the call of duty to serve the team. Telling a good story often requires forethought and planning. If this doesn’t come naturally to you, write it out and get the details right. Then, deliver the message to your team with enthusiasm and passion.