Leaders must learn how
to master the element of motivation. All change
requires energy and both individuals and groups
struggle to maintain that energy over time. We used
a simulation activity called the Maze to
demonstrate some of the finer points about
goal of the activity was go from one side of a maze
to the other. There were a series of obstacles that
made this very challenging. Participants had to draw on
the resources of their team, develop a communication
strategy, support one another and move through
As the group progressed
through the activity, the level of difficulty rose
and the team was challenged to keep their focus.
In the end, the group
was successful. The success was magnified
as they continued to learn from each other in the
group discussion that followed. The 6 Key
Motivators were introduced during the dialogue:
Break larger tasks into small pieces. Each time
you complete a piece, the confidence builds and
the momentum increases.
Every little thing that helps you to succeed
should be celebrated. Make a habit of getting
excited about even the smallest successes. Every
win is a step toward the larger goal.
Success is a team sport. Don't try to do it all
by yourself. Surround yourself with talented
people and get them involved.
Even when things are going very well, take time
to pause and reflect about what is working and
what needs to be improved. This will keep
everyone enrolled and on the same page.
Make a habit of pointing out the positive things
that people are doing. Let them know that you
appreciate their supportive behaviors. People
will be drawn to this positive energy.
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Learning cannot happen without mistakes. Stop
wasting time and make choices. No matter what
happens, use the results as information or
Great leaders understand
the importance of these motivators. Practice these
six behaviors and you will become an irresistible
parent leadership force.