Nov 15, 2012

How to motivate others and become a great leader

Recently, ive been talking to one of my friends and he had really cool question for me:

 When companies are going through a change process and morale is low in a stressful work environment, how can you motivate and inspire team members to embrace change and do more with less? I need ideas. New ideas are always welcome. 

Ive replied:

This might be tricky to answer. "It would be much easier to show", but let me just answer first:

LeadershipLast couple years, Ive been working in sales. Dale Carnegie and some other Czech and Slovak motivational speakers that I can think of are really usefull and worth spending any time above their books on the same topic. But to answer your question - In motivating others, Ive met so many people trying to cheer others, praise them, help them by doing their job for them, having fun, playing funny videos. Nothing seems to work at all in a long term. Motivational speakers, or Al Pacino's speech, Michael Jordan, or 300 Spartans -  whatever works for you, might not work for somebody else. Just like one of my favourite public speakers told: "Companies spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to motivate their employers. And the need it again and again and again. Because motivation they get from my speechces, lasts for couple days. They need to find inner source of their motivation - something that comes from inside."

There might be couple different types of personalities in your company that you would have to deal with. There might be someone who can't get motivated in your company at all. There is one really cool thing I've done some years ago and recently as well. Try to lead by example. In order to do that and lead them out of stressful situations, just try to manage yourself first. Try to be as cool as you can  and try to be awesome. By doing that, people will always look at you even if you're not their boss. Have the best work ethics out of all people arround, and it will take just couple days and you will start to see changes in their motivation. When someone starts to follow your actions then it's alread worth it. And you won. Others will join as well

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Peter, finishing his bachelor's at University of economics in major statistics and informatics in Europe. He is former salesman and recruiter with experience in USA, stockbroker IT and marketing fan with keen and burning desire for stock and futures trading for whole of his life

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