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With increasing desire to ensure employees are happy at work, re-inforced by a growing body of research exposing a direct link between engagement and productivity, having a team who are committed to the goals, vision and direction of your team is critical to achieving long-term success.
Here we share three things you can do to encourage commitment in your team.
1. Passionately Share the Vision
If you want to inspire real action and encourage commitment, then another boring powerpoint just won’t cut it.
2. Lead by example and action.
How often have you felt excited and motivated listening to a leader talk about how things are going to change for the better, only to find that 4 weeks later, everyone seems to have forgotten all about it and things are just the same as they always were? Leading by example and action will encourage commitment by demonstrating how committed you are to the goals and maintaining that commitment and momentum:
When your team can see how committed you are to achieving the goals, it has a knock-on effect, encouraging commitment in them.
3. Empower your people.
“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
This quote sums up empowerment: giving people the power and authority to think, react, make decisions, initiate and innovate. Rather than letting your team just get on with it, it’s about putting in place a clear framework in which you lay out the goals, vision and your expectations and then allow your team the freedom and responsibility to achieve those goals and meet those expectations through their own decisions and actions. Remember that empowered teams display greater creativity and innovation, are more resilient to challenges and change, take greater ownership and are less likely to leave the team.