Magazine article American Banker

Inspire and Motivate Your Team to Unlock Business' Potential

Magazine article American Banker

Inspire and Motivate Your Team to Unlock Business' Potential

Article excerpt

Creating cultural change in an organization takes courage but allows you to realize the true potential of your employees.

The corporate leader provides the context that gives employees a focus of purpose, a sense of belonging. Leadership lets them share a larger purpose without losing their individuality, so all team members can contribute to the strength of the enterprise.

The first step to helping them do so is to disseminate information widely and openly, to accommodate the wide differences and needs of the very best employees.

Remember, the best employees are as important as the best clients -perhaps even more so. The companies with able young people who are not easily lured away are those that have created strong leadership and learned to motivate the very best.

A more difficult step is to inspire team members who have not realized their potential but want to grow. The good news for enlightened leaders is that more people want to grow when the climate is encouraging. An employee's saying "I never knew I could do this!" is tremendously rewarding to leaders who have invested in their team members to make an enterprise more successful.

There are many ways to accommodate individual growth, ranging from redesign of the work to sharing information openly and clearly to a value- and-reward system that generates motivation.

Some say the new business ethic will require that the growth of team members become the primary aim. …

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