Team management and motivation are the biggest challenges faced by any organization. The difference in performance among successful companies is not so much related to the technology and operational capacity they work with, as to the leadership skills of their executives and middle management staff.

As Santiago Perez-Castillo pointed out in Radio Emprende, people don’t change jobs because of the company but because of the people who work there. There are some mistakes that are the main killers of team motivation.

The major motivation killers

There are errors that are repeated regardless of whether it is a family business, an SME or a multinational. In all of them, the figure of the leader is crucial to make the team work and be productive. In this way, most motivation killers are related to leadership and its influence on the other members.

  1. Lack of confidence. A leader should be the model that sets how and where the team is heading. Some errors trigger insecurity and have a direct impact on productivity:
    • Not being available at all times to answer any questions or doubts.
    • Not keeping their word nor meeting their commitments.
    • Not making decisions and letting others make them instead, being the team left adrift.
    • Not making objectives clear and being unpredictable.
  1. Not finishing what you start. The feeling that so many projects are started but none is finished can be very frustrating. When a group sees the results of their work and its value, its members are much more motivated and productive. It’s good to celebrate success and give rewards (even to oneself) for a job well done.
  2. Lack of confidence in the team. The leaders who doubt and ridicule the capacity of their teams get unmotivated and mediocre groups as a result. They must trust their co-workers and, most importantly, demonstrate they do so to make them feel truly valued.
  3. Destroying the sense of community. There are leaders who base their authority on other people’s disagreements and quarrels. That’s not a team. A good leader must avoid and resolve these conflicts so that everyone feels they are part of the same group and works toward a common goal.

Good leadership is able to motivate at all business levels so that things go well. It can be disastrous when a team is unmotivated, but when it works, the benefits it brings to the organization are simply amazing.

Translation by Susana Castro.

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