Among the myriad duties of a leader, one of the most important is motivating their subordinates. For no matter how energetic or dynamic the leader is, they wouldn’t succeed in achieving an organisation’s goals without the help of their subordinates. In that sense, motivating others should be considered as a key requisite for organisational success.
And yet, as anyone who has lead a team in an organisation would tell you, motivating others is something that’s easy to talk about, but considerably hard to do.
How absence of shared vision makes motivation hard
There could be many reasons why a leader may fail in motivating others. One key reason is missing the nuances of personal dynamics among the team members. To motivate the team meaningfully, aside from setting an aspirational goal, one should also take into account how personalities gel with each other, as also the fields of expertise of different members.
Another common mistake is to manage a process rather than lead a team. Team members often seek inspiration from their leaders, but all they often get is management support for the process in which they are involved in. This takes the human element completely out of the picture, which actually demotivates the team members.
To lead, you need more than just a personal vision
These are by no means the only mistakes that leaders make. There could be other issues like not understanding the key process or focusing too much on the monetary benefits and forgetting the humans who make up the team.
But if you notice closely, you see that almost all such issues come under one overarching problem: a lack of shared vision in the team members.
The beauty of compelling shared vision
The beauty of humans beings is that given the right set of circumstances, we could be self-motivated. And as a leader or manager, there’s hardly anything more beautiful than seeing a team of people working towards a single goal with zest.
Unfortunately, in many organisations, teams rarely have a compelling shared vision to work towards. In such a scenario, the team’s journey becomes directionless, and no matter how efficient a leader is, s/he couldn’t be of much help in leading them unless the destination is clearly defined.
Ans Temenos can help you with this.
A Compelling Shared Vision evolved in Temenos Vision Lab
Temenos Vision Lab(TVL)
As a company that facilitates individual and organisational transformation, and with experience helping big and mid tier companies across the globe, Temenos uses proprietary models that assist in individual as well as group transformation. Whether it be inculcating a cultural shift in the organization or helping make a team more efficient, Temenos has helped companies in their respective journeys.
These proprietary models are based on psychological science and management theories. And one of the key models is the Temenos Vision Lab or TVL.
A major step- in fact, the culminating step in TVL (in which the participants are guided by expert Temenos facilitators) is the creation of a Compelling Shared Vision for the entire team.
Instead of just defining the shared vision, participants of TVL come out visualising it, so that they could internalise it and recall the values in the vision with ease. In other words, as a result of TVL, what your team gets is that rarest of thing needed to make them self motivated: a strong shared vision.
And for you leader, it’s a destination to which you could guide them.
So, lead on!
The steps that lead to compelling shared vision
To learn more about Temenos Vision Lab, please read this blog.
Temenos CEO Susan Gibson talks about Compelling Shared Vision