To achieve Step 12, individuals will show that can motivate others in different situations.
In the two previous steps, the focus was on support others through mentoring and coaching, respectively. This step builds on this by looking at how to boost motivation in a range of settings, which is a vital part of leadership.
The building blocks of this step are learning:
Motivation is important in a place of education if a student is to learn and achieve. A student is likely to work longer, persist with challenges and strive harder if they are motivated to learn. When working with others, everyone can play a role in motivating others in the team.
A long-term group project, a small group task or even partner-work in the classroom, is likely to be completed more effectively if all the contributing students are motivated to complete the task and achieve the learning. It is important to practise how you can motivate others within your group so any learning, tasks and goals can be achieved successfully and enjoyably.
The key purpose of any business is to achieve the organisation’s goals. When motivation amongst employees is high, the business is more likely to achieve these goals. Motivated employees can lead to greater productivity and so enable the business to achieve higher levels of output. Motivated employees are more efficient in the workplace as they tend to be more committed and have greater job satisfaction. Employee turnover is reduced when employees are motivated, as employees are more likely to stay in their roles when they can see the purpose of their work and their endeavours are recognised and supported.
A motivated person is increasingly likely to put more effort into a task, take positive action and consequently achieve what they set out to do. The achievement of a goal in the wider world may be something as straightforward as organising a trip to a local cinema with friends or more challenging - for example, completing a marathon with a charity team. In both situations, those involved are more likely to achieve the goal with satisfaction and enjoyment if they are motivated. Success at this step of Leadership will enable you to apply different strategies and approaches to support the individuals within the group to maintain high levels of motivation and, therefore, final success.
To best practise this step of Leadership, apply what you have learnt to a real-life situation. Choose one or more of the activities below, remind yourself of the key points and strategies in the step, and have a go!
To teach this step:
This skill step can be reinforced whenever there is an opportunity for learners to work in groups and for one of them to take on a leadership role. The teacher can also model how they apply some of these approaches to motivate their class or when leading other activities.
Ideally, this step would be assessed through observation of an extended project where a learner has a leadership position, to see whether they are able to really apply these motivational principles. If that is not possible, then learners could create a written piece of work or presentation to outline the principles and how they could be applied.
This step is relevant to individuals who want to develop others so that they can make a significant contribution to the team goal.
To build this step in the work environment, managers could:
There are plenty of opportunities for building this skill in the workplace:
For those already employed, this step is best assessed through a series of observations and a reflective conversation with an individual.
During the recruitment process, this step could be assessed for by:
As an individual, you might be thinking about how best to support your own essential skills. The good news is that there is lots that you can do that will have a big impact, including:
We’ve developed a whole series of tools and resources to help you to build these skills, including:
At home, you can easily support your child to build their essential skills. The good news is that there
are lots of ways that you can have a big impact, including: