Everyone who’s ever wanted to establish a successful company must have asked themselves a question: “What does make a business flourish?” There might be dozens of right answers to this question, however, a truly remarkable company starts with a leader’s belief in the idea and his ability to awaken this belief in others.
How world-known leaders motivate their employees
Steve Jobs had brilliant ideas and a strong passion for changing the world by a groundbreaking technology. He dreamt big and taught his employees to share his vision as well. By inspiring Apple’s employees, he created one of the biggest empires that ever existed. For example, when the company was about to start working on a new model of Mac OS, he held a mock funeral for the previous model and even delivered a eulogy. This way, he emphasized that the team should leave the last project behind and make the new one completely innovative.
Once Jobs’s presentation was interrupted by an angry developer who claimed that Steve had no clue what he was talking about. Jobs said: “People like this gentleman are right in some areas”. The lesson? Even great leaders can’t know everything and acknowledging your critics makes you a leader to respect.
His ability to convince and motivate others has remained an example to follow. Do you remember the story of how Jobs persuaded the then-Pepsi president John Sculley to join Apple? Sculley definitely had something to lose but decided to follow Steve Jobs and eventually, joined an Apple company.
Though, the times have changed and some consider Jobs’s management style quite manipulative, the truth remains the same: motivation is the thing that keeps every business evolving.
Every company leader has their own “how to motivate a team at the workplace” tactics. But what if the team is not at the workplace? What if all your employees work remotely with their crying babies nearby and a long list of unwatched TV series? At the end of the day, the remote work mode isn’t a big deal. Speedy spreading coronavirus pandemic, terrifying economic forecasts take a toll on our mental health. We don’t know what to expect, afraid to lose the possibility to make a living, or get infected.
Motivation during stressful times is much more challenging and important than during peace because your kind words might serve a helping hand for your employees.
Here are three tips on how to motivate a team to improve performance instead of supporting collective panicking.