JLBC: Providing Purpose, Motivation, and Inspiration
Leaders provide purpose, motivation, and inspiration to their teams. Influential leaders keep their eye on goals and determine the course of action needed to reach the goals. In addition to purpose, leaders provide direction. Direction deals with how to achieve a goal or task. While giving advice is a simple task, knowing how much exposure to give requires substantial knowledge of individual team members. Giving too much direction can make people feel that they are being micromanaged. Too much movement can dampen initiative and pride in one’s work. Giving too little advice can leave the team confused. The skilled leader will know when to provide detailed guidance and when to focus only on the outcome.
Skilled leaders also understand what motivates the people they lead. Understanding how motivation works provide insight into why people may take action and how strongly they are driven to act. You can encourage people by setting achievable goals and explaining the “what” and “why” of tasks to your team. Team members who keep the end in mind and know how they progress to stay motivated. Motivation also increases when team members understand how their role relates to more significant outcomes.
Leaders also enforce standards and rules. They communicate the importance and role of standards to their teams, and their work reflects the criteria under which they work. Leaders also recognize and take responsibility for poor performance and address it appropriately.
Balancing the Mission and Welfare of Followers
While influential leaders care about rules and goals, they also care about the welfare of their team members. Having genuine concern for followers’ well-being goes hand-in-hand with motivation, inspiration, and influence. Individuals are more willing to go the extra mile when they truly know their leaders care about them. Leaders must pay attention to their team members and ask themselves if each member has good morale, is healthy, and is practicing behaviors that will lead to the achievement of personal and group goals.
Trust is at the core of everything leaders do. JLBC Cadets When there is a high level of trust, teams are ready and willing to work together and succeed. Faith involves relying on others and having confidence in them. You create trust over time through mutual respect, shared understanding, and everyday experiences. Communication builds trust by keeping others informed and establishing expectations.
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