Basic Skills for outstanding leadership 8 – Motivation │© Fola Daniel Adelesi

I once heard that if you claim to be leading and no one is following then you are just taking a stroll! On the contrary, not too many people are focusing on why someone can attempt to lead without successfully carrying people along. Sometimes I take a look back at those days in the university when some of the union leaders will come around, shout, instigate the students, lay some ‘facts’ before them even if they are not real and before you know it, all the students are angry with the authority and in the next minute there’s a protest in the school. It does get worse on some occasions and a few things get destroyed. Sometimes it could be so bad that several things would be destroyed and the schools would be shut down until the authority can control the students again. Although a bit of that is negative motivation, I must say that the union leaders have a very strong ability to motivate students who are their followers to do anything they intend to do.

When these union leaders need to do something positive they know the people they have to engage and the right strategies to go by so that they can be accepted. When they need to do something that’s not endorsed by the entire student populace they also know the people they must approach in order to get things done. I think there is a clue we can take from student union leaders or labour union leaders in the bigger society. If there is anything those guys do very well, it is the ability to motivate people in order to get some results.

There are different reasons a leader will want to motivate his team. Most times a leader will want to motivate his team to performance but I also think that your motivation skill for the team should go beyond just getting the people to perform for the organization or getting people to produce results. As a leader, you must find a way to motivate people for their personal goals in life. When you only motivate them for the corporate or organizational goals, you will soon find that the people will form an opinion of you. They will soon start thinking that you only motivate when you need to get things done. I have heard people say at different times that emotion is like a bank and you must deposit in the bank before you can draw from it. That applies here because your followers have emotions. If you do not have any deposit in their personal emotions then it will only be for a while that you will be able to draw from that emotion to do corporate things! Learn to motivate people individually before you work on motivating them as a team. As a matter of fact, I think that there are so many leaders who do not have any problem motivating their teams or organizations to get things done but they do not have the ability or have simple taken for granted the personal motivation of the people.

Personal motivation for the people you are leading can come in form of affirmation, incentives, monetary rewards, promotion, recognition or some specified gifts. Let people know that when they are working they will be encouraged! When they get results for the team let them be given incentives. It should never be a situation of someone striking a deal worth several millions for the organization in the case of a business and the person does not get any percentage or even a raise in salary! Acknowledge the entrepreneurial drive of people or encourage their enterprising spirit. Don’t take their punctuality at work as normal simply because you are paying them. Once in while, buy gifts and give to those who come early and those getting results for you.

Create a reward system apart from just paying people for what they are doing and make a culture out of that. I worked in an organization before and one of the things I liked so much about the organization is how they celebrated the people who were coming in and people who were leaving. They never forgot your birthdays and also had a standing rule for the gift that had to be bought for you that day. It was also a custom to make sure that all the people in the office that day took pictures with you.

For some leaders, they may lay claims to the fact that they give gifts at the end of the year but I am not talk about what you do just once in a year after running over the people’s heads to get things done! I am talking about regular motivation as a skill for you in leadership and motivation here is not only about gifts even though gifts can motivate the people. you will realize that some of the greatest leaders in the world are leaders who know how to motivate people! think about Martin Luther King, Malcom X, President Clinton, President Obama, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Chief Ojukwu who led the Biafran war in Nigeria and several others who built companies from nothing to something.

People want to follow an inspiring leader and not a demoralizing leader! Keep that in mind and motivate your team to success. Motivation is also a skill!

Fola Daniel Adelesi
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Fola Daniel Adelesi
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@foladaniel – Twitter
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