3 Inspiring Things To Tell Your Team

Your team’s success, as well as your own, depends upon your leadership.  It will not take long to succeed as a team with great leadership; and it won’t take long to fail with poor leadership.  It all starts with communication and what you say to your team.  Here are 3 inspiring things that you can tell your team:

I Believe in You

Remember when you were a kid and you doubted your ability to do something?  Chances are your mom or dad, or another loving adult, would not let you give up. They knew you could do it.  As adults, we don’t often here that phrase, do we?  Imagine how much more could be accomplished if we said that more often.  The phrase, “I believe in you”, can inspire even the most confident team member.  Be careful to not just say it but show it.  Give them freedom to get their job done, and even to make mistakes.  Be there to pick them up but believe in the person you chose to get the job done.

I Want to Know Your Opinion

We have all heard the expression: opinions are like heartbeats, every living person has one (and, yes, I used the PG version of that expression!).  Not every opinion will bring value or progress, but by hearing out even the not-so-good ones, you build confidence in team members.  It also gives you an opportunity to discover where weaknesses might be and implement solutions to help those team members.  You do not have to agree with every opinion, but inside one of those coal mines might be a diamond.  So, listen to your team!

Tell Me How I Can Help You

Such a simple statement, but rarely spoken.  After you say it, listen to what your team members say.  Then jump in and help.  A point should be made that this does not mean you do their job for them.  That’s their job!  It does mean that if they have questions, want to run an idea past you, or need a half an hour brainstorming session, you are willing to accommodate.  Be willing to show a team member how do perform a specific task, rather than doing it for them.  Remember, give a man a fish and he eats for one night; teach him how to fish and he can eat for a lifetime.  Make your mantra to teach your team to fish and your basket of success will always be full.

It is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day grind, but you can’t forget your number one role as a manager: be a leader.  Let your team know you believe in them, listen to their opinion, and seek the areas they need assistance.  Earn their trust and loyalty and lead your team to success.

Top 3 Ways Managers Inspire Their Teams

There are countless ways to inspire your team.  However, I have listed what most would agree are the top three ways:

Lead by Example

There was a pastor of a large church in the greater Phoenix area and at a particular service he was asking (not telling, simply asking) his congregation to consider donating the shoes they were wearing, as the church was going to bring them to those less fortunate.  While it can be argued that those people may not need a pair of heels or fashion boots, that was not the lesson.  There were five services, and hundreds of people walked out of those services barefoot or in socks.  The pastor gave away five pairs of shoes that weekend.  Talk about leading by example! As a manager, this is the number one thing you can do to establish trust with your team.  Anything you expect them to do – you better be leading the charge.  Your team should never question your work ethic or loyalty.  If they do, you risk a loss of productivity.  Lead with authority, not fear, and you will earn, and keep, their respect.

Be a Coach

Once your team has the tools needed to succeed, they need to know you are available if they need you. Have an open-door policy and be approachable.  Listen to your team’s concerns, as well as any ideas they may have.  They are on the front lines, so to speak, and can often provide you with valuable insight.

Treat every opportunity as a coaching moment.  When an employee does something wrong, show them how they can do it better.  You will increase their confidence, resulting in increased productivity and a more satisfied employee.  When their performance is worthy, recognize it. A simple thank you is fine; if they went up and beyond, perhaps a gift card or certificate.  Positive reinforcement can be one of the most effective leadership tools.

Be Human

Learn about the members of your team.  What are their interests?  Are they from the area?  You do not have to get overly personal but let them know you understand they have a life outside of work.  Getting to know them, and opening yourself up a bit, lets them know you are not just their manager, but a human like them.

Every manager wants to be a great leader, but you have to be willing to put in the time and effort it takes.  Be the example, coach them through the rough times, and show a little human kindness.  So, unlock that office door, invite your team in, and watch the morale sky rocket.