“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” – Antoine De Saint- Exupery
The easy way to lead is to give out directions and have our employees follow them step by step. And there are times when this is needed to accomplish the day to day activities of our organization. However, if we want our team with us for the long term and to put in extra hours, effort and be committed we must tap into their psyche and discover what motivates them. Understanding our employees’ mindset differentiates day to day leaders versus creative leaders.
Day to day leaders can intimidate, throw out orders, and get things done in the short term but fall short in the long term. Their employees will lose their drive, energy and passion for their company because all they are doing are following orders. And order followers end up quitting, getting fired, or putting in marginal effort each and everyday.
While a creative leader get things done both short term and long term. They know things have to get done on a daily basis, however, they are also aware that their employees’ motives are what will drive them and sustain them. Once we discover our employees motives and align them with our company’s objectives you will have employees that are committed, energized, and inspired. It takes work and effort to determine what makes our team tick, however, if you find it you have found gold.
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Chad J. Willett is an international speaker, author, and innovation and creativity leader. Join Chad J. Willett’s (NSA/SAG) weekly Newsletter