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  • Writer's pictureAvanlee Fisher

How to Motivate Your Employees into Achieving Work Goals

Updated: Feb 15, 2023


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There are so many different approaches to leadership within a business. While some business leaders emphasize tasks, others emphasize community-building. Some leaders avoid conflict at all costs, while others embrace disagreement. But what is the best leadership style for you and your team? How can you better help motivate your team towards success?


Implement Adaptive Leadership


Most business leaders have realized that, while their leadership style may be successful in one area or for one person, it is not so successful in other situations or for other people. Therefore, a good business leader knows when to adapt his or her leadership style to the person and the situation.


The SLII model of leadership, developed by Hersey and Blanchard, constitutes one such leadership approach that recommends flexibility and adaptation. According to Hersey and Blanchard, leaders should implement four different leadership styles depending on the competence and commitment levels of their employees. Their employees’ competence and commitment, or confidence, may vary throughout the task. Hersey and Blanchard teach that, when employees are low in competence but excited about the job, leaders should be more focused on directing, instructing, supervising, and achieving goals. When employees begin to feel more competent, but lack confidence in their abilities, leaders should take a more supportive, encouraging role rather than instructive.


Build Community and Structure


Human beings crave both social connections and predictability. A work environment should offer just that in order to obtain peak efficiency. While interpersonal skills and task achievement are both important, most leaders are more gifted at one or the other—rarely both. Fortunately, the behaviors associated with task achievement and community building can be developed so as to become a better leader. Therefore, if you are lacking in one, you can always work to better yourself in that area.


For example, if you are results driven, hard-working, and dominant, but you lack in interpersonal skills like open-mindedness, extroversion, and empathy, try practicing your interpersonal skills with your employees. Take the time to get to know them one-by-one. Tell them how much you appreciate their work. Plan a work gathering or do other things to build community. You may find that a more open and happy environment will help your employees work more effectively toward business goals.


Develop Leadership Traits


While there is not a one-fits-all approach to leadership, there are some traits that may boost your ability as a leader to effectively help your employees achieve their goals. In an analysis performed by Stogdill, eight specific traits were found to correlate most with successful leadership. These traits include intelligence, alertness, insight, responsibility, initiative, persistence, self-confidence and sociability. Notice any traits that you may lack? While it can be difficult trying to develop new character traits, remember that it takes patience and practice. A good leader is aware of her or his strengths and weaknesses, as well as works to develop weaknesses intro strengths.


Leadership is all about inspiring followers to grow and achieve their goals. Good leadership leads to positive outcomes for everyone involved. Nevertheless, quality leadership is difficult—and certain leadership styles tend to be more or less effective depending on the situation and person. Therefore, it is in you and your business’ best interest to implement an adaptive leadership style, build both community and structure, and develop traits for successful leadership. As a result, you can be the leader that your employees need to help them become their best selves.


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