Great Leaders Master “Level 2 Leadership Communication” – Motivating the Team as a Team

Legendary stories abound about locker room oratory as 21st Century coaches channel Knute Rockne to rally the players before heading out on the field for the Championship game.

Yet, if you ask many coaches and athletes what the pre-game speech is like prior to most big games you would learn that the talk was rather subdued and matter of fact.

The reason for this is athletes don’t need to get motivated for the championship game, they know what it means to get to that level of success, what the stakes are, and how unlikely it is they will have the opportunity to play at that level ever again (of course, a little reminder never hurts).

Often, you find the real motivational talks take place at key moments along the journey to the big game.

The best coaches know when to pull out the motivational talk, when to let the team leaders speak, and when to trust the professionals they hired to motivate themselves.

In 10-years of coaching business leaders it seems that this is probably the number one area they struggle with most trying to maximize motivation from their team of employees.

This leadership communication challenge hovers around what I call the “3 T’s of Leadership Motivational Communication:”

• Texture (what to say)

• Timing (when to say it), and most importantly,

• Tone (how to say it)

(In a future article I’ll touch on some ways to address those three issues more specifically)

Even when the 3 T’s are aligned properly, sometimes its still not enough to deliver the desired results. This is due to other factors in the work environment impacting motivation. Often, there are de-motivators sabotaging the best motivational sessions.

As my students learn in The Confident Leaders Training Camp human motivation is a dicey, sometimes confusing, and always a multi-faceted thing too many organizational leaders ignore and just keep spewing forth the Rocknesque oratory, with little to show for it in terms of results.

In the Confident Leaders Training Camp participants study six different motivational theories that are always at play in work environments that unless a business leader understands, the confusion and frustration will continue.

That’s why next month, in October, I will be releasing the Confident Leaders Training Camp home study course featuring six leadership lessons to get better results from employees and team members no matter what type of team you are leading.

More on that to come later this month.

’til then, make it a great week!

One thought on “Great Leaders Master “Level 2 Leadership Communication” – Motivating the Team as a Team

  1. Manuel says:

    One of the precious WIAL coaching concepts, emphasized by Dr. Bea, is that of leaving team members at choice. And though there are certain structural elements that must be adhered to, the at-choice notion brings forth at least two options for this challenge:1. Ask the team, Who would like to respond to the question, What leadership skills be beneficial to us as non-leaders on this team’ ? This might offer the opportunity to reflect on the various leadership skills and choose some of them that might apply.2. Similar to Cleo’s contribution, it might be appropriate to ask the team what teaming (or communication or cohicang skills) would help the team be successful? Remembering that one of the core tenets of AL is to promote learning, leaving participants at-choice in what they prefer to learn can be motivational and energizing.

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