Motivational Speaker Brad Montgomery on how to get more out of your job, your situation, and your life.

A team leader’s job is hard work, and it’s even more difficult figuring out how to make those under you follow you. The most common trap most struggling leaders fall into is exerting power and influence over their subordinates in an attempt to have them follow without question.

This is not only ineffective, but counterproductive as well because the people you manage will see you as merely an authority figure instead of someone they’d want to follow. If you want to be an effective leader, you should start leading by example.

Motivation and the Power of Leading

The Chinese military general and strategist Sun Tzu wrote in his book, The Art of War that “a leader leads by example, not by force.” You’re not exactly fighting invasions in the office, but there’s no denying that the workplace can be a battleground if you don’t know how to lead your subordinates.Distech.2012_0190

Leading by example is the simplest and most effective way to get your people to follow you and like you at the same time. They’ll respect someone who can get things done without having to resort to commanding their subordinates, and it motivates them to do their own work properly and efficiently. They also feel more at ease with you and won’t see you as an authority figure that they need to fear to respect.

Knowing Your Weaknesses

An important part of leading by example is being open to criticisms, especially from the people you manage. This may be off-putting to some, but remember that the difference between you and your ‘subordinates’ is that compared to them, you only have more responsibilities.

Your status as a leader shouldn’t give you any reason to ignore your weaknesses and potential failings; in fact, you should be more open and accommodating to feedback. The people you manage know from experience the qualities you may lack that you may be unaware of, so make sure you establish a quality of openness.

My name is Brad Montgomery, and I know how difficult it is to become an effective leader whom the people you work with will follow and respect. Contact us today to learn more about our motivational talks that will help you lead by example.

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Organizational culture plays an integral role in the well-being of your employees. Your company’s culture represents the personality of the business and showcases the treatment of your workers.

Adopting a negative culture can hurt your employees. A bad organizational culture can result insignificant churn, reduced productivity, and a lack of business performance. If your business fails to promote good culture within its four-walls, your workers are at risk of demotivation.Mosaic.2013.93

Because your employees lack the will to do well, they experience a progress slowdown. Demotivation leads to decreases in productivity, which can affect your sales. Employees lacking motivation tend to seek greener pastures in the arms of friendlier companies.

As an employer, it is your responsibility to uplift your employee’s morale while maintaining good office culture. Rid your company of these negative corporate culture habitsand watch how it lifts your workers’ motivation:

Lack of recognition in the company

Some employers take the advantages of recognition for granted. Employees are paid to work; whatever they do outside the range of their capabilities are necessary. Why is there a need for recognition when you pay them to do the work?

Lack of recognition demotivates employees easily. Why work harder when no one notices? One of the best ways to achieve success in a company is by convincing your workers to give their best. In order to do so, your company should recognize employees for their outstanding contributions.

Poor Communication Skills

Communication is everything in terms of motivating your employees. If your workers always lack information and end up guessing at leadership’s intention all the time, they will become frustrated, especially if they end up being chastised for their efforts. A company that fails to communicate clearly with its people will demotivate people with initiative and stifle any motivation to go above and beyond.

Make sure you have an avenue to communicate back and forth. This way, you save your employees from unnecessary information research.

Bad leadership habits

Leadership is the best indicator of the organization. Your workers inherit what you practice; leadership’s bad temper and lack of collaboration affects employees through every level. Some employees suffer demotivation when they feel that the leadership is a failure.motivational-speaker-2

Practice what you preach. Motivate your employees by showcasing proper leadership habits, which they will pass onto others in the future.

An employee’s motivation dies due to bad office culture. Motivate your workers by purging negative habits that create a negative corporate culture. If you need further help, Brad Montgomery can provide talks to help begin the change in negative company habits. Call us for more information.