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How to Motivate Others?

How to Motivate Others?

Whether people perform depends on both the performance capability as well as motivation. To do our jobs or any other task, we need the right environment and competences. However, we also need the willingness to actually do it. This is your motivation. Passion, being involved, and taking responsibility, are all results of our level of motivation. Someone’s motivation is therefore critical in their performance. One quality that is looked for in employees is their ability to motivate yourself and others. This blog will focus on different ways to help you improve your motivational skills.

Providing a Performance Environment

By ensuring that others have the right supplies, information, work environment, etc., you will prohibit demotivation. Even motivated people become demotivated when they cannot do their job or task properly.

Empowering others to give more mandate to take on certain responsibilities is also a great way to stimulate others. As long as the other is capable. Nothing is more demotivating than feeling incompetent. Spending more time in your strengths is what will help you to continuously have energy and flow in your work.

The content of someone’s job is also a very important aspect of providing a motivating work environment. Dependent on the situation you can choose to add tasks of similar or higher difficulty and by rotating tasks. This way you can provide a challenging environment that allows them to further develop themselves. 

Of course, there is always money. However, it may not always be as motivating as you want. Without passion for one’s job, money alone will simply not get you the desired result. Especially millennials are less and less motivated by salary and bonuses alone. 

Adjusting Your Strategy Based on Personality

We have discussed personality types on the blog before and explained the numerous reasons it provides you and others valuable intel. When motivating others, this is definitely key as well. To motivate others to be the best versions of themselves, adjusting your strategy based on their personality type is the way to go. This link opens a very nice infographic with some examples of motivating different personality types. Some examples of targeted motivation strategies per personality type are:

  • Introverted and rational thinking personalities for instance should be motivated more with training and risk incentives. They care mostly about improving their knowledge and skills.
  • Extroverted and rational thinking personalities on the other hand can be motivated very well with promotions, empowerment, competitive elements, assessment, and criticism.
  • Introverted and emotional thinkers can be motivated better by addressing aspects such as showing interest, providing an entertainment factor, an inspiring environment, and communication.
  • Last but not least, extroverted and emotional thinkers can best be motivated by showing that you care for them, respect them, providing a secure work environment, and building trust.

My personality showed that I am a rational thinker, in most ways introvert while I also have some extrovert aspects as well. I am for instance best motivated by knowledge gaining incentives and competitive elements. I really like to be challenged and have an autonomous work environment.

What are your tricks in motivating others? What motivates you? Ready to keep some of these tips and tricks in mind for next time. Share it with us below.

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