As leaders and managers it is our job to get the best out of others. To inspire action, increase motivation and boost productivity. Sometimes it is easy, especially with high performers but sometimes it can take a lot of work to break down the walls of our team to bring out the best in them.
So how do you bring out the greatness in others? How do you inspire others? How do you get your team to open up and work even harder for your common vision? Here are four tips to help you get more out of others.
1. Leverage people and knowledge
Often as leaders or managers our first thought is based around what we can do to as opposed to how we can leverage other people and their knowledge. But to avoid micro managing we need to step back and let our team do their job.
You will get better results when you give people the opportunity to share ideas, give input, use their initiative and have the freedom to make mistakes. By building this culture your team will feel safe to give more of themselves, where they may have previously held back.
2. Focus on strengths not weaknesses
Too often we focus on the weaknesses of our team, when really we should be developing their strengths. When we focus on weaknesses, we lose them.
Follow Jim Collins’ advice in Good to Great “Get the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats” you will win trust and loyalty and increase productivity and performance.
3. Communicate and delegate clearly
Clear communication and delegation is key to getting better results from others. When you provide a clear outline of what needs to be done, when it needs to be done by and most importantly what you want to achieve, you cut down mistakes, enable a faster turn around time, increase the chances of success and keep people more accountable.
4. Connect and evaluate
Have regular meetings where you and your team can evaluate their individual and team progress on projects, actions and goals. Regularly examine what worked, what didn’t work and brainstorm what can be done differently and better for next time. Involve your team and get their input ask them how things can improve and what they think needs to happen.
Do you have any tips for getting more out of others?