Motivating Employees: Obstacles and Solutions
May 29, 2012
Professionals in leadership positions face many challenges and demands. These tasks have become more difficult in today’s ever changing economy, specifically motivating and keeping employees. The difficulty faced by many leaders is learning the difference between managing and leading as well as when to switch between the two. What do leaders need to be, know, and do in order to be effective and inspire a team to reach an elevated height of teamwork? A good leader must be able to effectively communicate the vision or goal, build trust, and provide a positive work environment for their employees. Let’s begin by discussing the meanings and differences between leadership and managing.
Leadership is “organizing a group of people to achieve a common goal” (Wikipedia). The theory has been that a good leader possesses a few specific attributes: motives, values, social skills, expertise, and problem solving skills. Management is “the act of getting people together to accomplish desired goals and objectives using available resources efficiently and effectively” (Wikipedia). There are several levels of management, but in throughout these levels the responsibilities are similar, they control and direct. As early as the 19th century it was believed that a leader was born and not made. This belief has changed over time. Leadership is a process that is learned through studying, experience, and training. To inspire a team to an elevated height of teamwork there are things that as a leader you must be and do. In my opinion, to be effective and successful in a management role one must be posses the traits and skills of both the leader and the manager. As a leader keeping a team motivated is a daily challenge and it can become frustrating when you don’t know what it is that you are or aren’t doing that is preventing your team from being successful.