The real way to motivate!
The start of a new year almost always brings with it a sense of new beginnings. We often use the flipping of the calendar as an impetus for change or as an opportunity to establish new goals. Leaders, wonder how to better motivate and inspire their organization. Those organizations whose fiscal year is aligned with the calendar year, now have new financial targets and objectives to achieve.
It is not enough to just ensure organizational understanding of the objectives and tie remuneration to their achievement. Town Hall meetings that share the vision, strategies and tactics are helpful, but do little to impact employee engagement. KPI’s and other forms of measurement aid understanding and progress, but don’t inspire. To truly inspire and motivate, to foster employee engagement, you must operate from the fundamental belief that the power is in understanding people not just numbers. This is integrative leadership.
Integrative leaders have a mindset that leadership is more than just vision and strategy. It is not just about budgets and numbers. Integrative leadership at its root is about people and understanding what fuels them.
The default strategy for motivating employees or for improving employee engagement is most often incentives. Yet to most, it is not just about the money. Don’t get me wrong; I doubt you will find many who don’t value the cash. Beyond the money however, incentives and bonuses meet deeper needs, those that an integrative leader understands are necessary in order to inspire, engage and motivate. These include a need to be heard, cared for, respected and valued. An integrative leader understands that within those lie other underlying factors such as ego, fear and insecurities.