Leaders are motivators.
They are the people who set the standards of the ministry and encourage everyone to follow them. You can develop leadership skills through training and seminars, but one thing you need to learn on your own can motivate and influence others. The ability to motivate others is not an overnight success. It requires practice and experience, and it is something you have to keep doing every day to be effective. There are a four things that can get you started on the right path. Just consider the following tips:
1. Set Clear Goals
Having a clear purpose is very important. People do not like working if they do not have a clear understanding of the vision. By setting goals and giving meaning to everything you ask your team members to do you are driving them forward. Of course, you simply cannot set any goal for them to chase. The objectives you set have to be rewarding and beneficial for the individual as much as it is for the entire company.
2. Believe in Your People
If you want to motivate others, you need to make them feel important. People feel useless and unmotivated to work when they picture themselves only as a part of a group. By delegating responsibilities, you are raising their self-esteem and making them feel valuable and important for the success of a project. It also lets them realize that their job is essential to the success of a certain project, and if they don’t perform, they could cause the whole thing to fail. When they understand this, they will be more willing to work harder.
3. Listen to What They Have to Say
Although you are the leader, it does not mean you cannot let your workers feel like they have a say on things. People are motivated when they know that their opinions count. Listen to their suggestions, complaints, problems, and praises. Allowing them to have a voice in the team will make them feel that they matter. People are driven to work when they know they are considered significant and valuable. It also takes away some of the pent up feelings and frustrations they might have about their job.
4. Know When to Use Extrinsic and Intrinsic Motivation
Extrinsic motivation is when you give your staff either rewards or punishments. You could say they’ll get time off if the ministry project is complete ahead of schedule or punish them by saying there will be no time off because of the ministry project is not complete. Intrinsic motivation is when you can influence people to become self-motivated. Today intrinsic motivation is a lost art in ministry. In short, they are motivated to do things efficiently because they feel good and significant. You will need to determine which type of motivation will work best for a particular ministry situation.