Motivating organization members can be the most challenging part of a leader’s responsibilities. Yet, this should be the driving motivation behind why the leader is their position. Mentoring and motivating people is key is accomplishing the mission, vision, and goals of the organization. Here are 30 ways to motivate organization members:
1. Make the members in your group WANT to do things.
2. Study members, and determine what makes each tick.
3. Be a good listener.
4. Criticize constructively.
5. Criticize in private.
6. Praise in public.
7. Be considerate.
8. Delegate responsibility for details to members.
9. Give credit where it is due.
10. Avoid domination or “forcefulness.”
11. Show interest in and appreciation of others.
12. Make your wishes known by suggestions or requests rather than demands.
13. When you make a request or suggestion, be sure to tell the reason(s) for it.
14. Let the members in on your plans and programs even when they are in an early stage.
15. Never forget that the leader sets the style for the members.
16. Focus on the positive.
17. Be consistent.
18. Show your members that you have confidence in them and that you expect them to do their best.
19. Ask members for their advice and help.
20. When you’re wrong or make a mistake, admit it.
21. Listen to ideas from members.
22. If an idea is adopted, tell the originator why, and that you appreciate their ideas.
23. Accept that people carry out best their own ideas.
24. Be careful what you say and how you say it.
25. Don’t be upset by little hassles.
26. Use every opportunity to build up members a sense of the importance of their own work.
27. Give your members’ goals, a sense of direction, something to strive for, and to achieve.
28. Keep your members informed on matters affecting them.
29. Give members a chance to take part in decisions, particularly those affecting them.
30. Let your members know where they stand.
What are some other ways in which you motivate your organization’s members? Please share below.