Every day when your employees get up, they make a conscious choice about whether or not they are going to come to work. They also make a choice, consciously or unconsciously, about whether they are going to do the minimum they need just to get by, or the best job they possibly can.
Employees do not make the choice to do their best out of fear, they make that choice when they believe in the goals of the organization, when they feel what they do makes a difference, and when they feel that they have a say in how they do things.
You can use your power to make them do things, and they will do what they have to, and no more. Or you can use your influence as their leader and encourage them to go beyond what they have to do and make the decision to help make the organization great.
When you use your power, you employees react in fear. They are always trying to judge what they should do by what will keep them out of trouble. They will do what you tell them to do, but someone who is afraid for their job is not going to be creative and try to move the organization forward.
But as a leader, you can create a desire in your employees to do their best, you can influence them to become outstanding employees. And it’s actually fairly simple.
First, you need to find out what motivates them. You can do this by talking openly to them and asking them what they would like to be able to do.
Then you need to provide recognition and reinforcement. Thank them for their efforts and recognize them for anything positive they do so they know what you want and know what they can do to get additional recognition.
Encourage them to own their job and make the decision to go beyond what they have to do. You can influence them to commit to the organization and become a positive force by investing your time and energy in them and showing them that the organization, wants them, needs them, and cares about their success.
Think about what your organization could be if each of your employees woke up every morning and made a choice to come to work and do the best job they possibly could. You have the power to influence them to make that choice.
NOTE: Photo by Roy Gonzales