Although it is difficult to learn, the ability to empower others is essential in the workplace. Some people have the traits to become someone people want to emulate. This rare situation makes it easier to enable others since the group wants to emulate their leader. What about the vast majority of people in this situation who don’t have the right skills? These are three methods to invigorate your team and create a more dynamic team dynamic.
1. Think Sports
Business and sports go hand in hand. Both require teamwork and commitment. Working together can accomplish more than one person could. Each member of the team should feel empowered to complete their tasks. Every member of the team has unique talents that can be useful in a group setting.
Meetings can be compared to football huddles. Each member should be aware of their role and how it affects the team. They may feel empowered to perform at their best when they can see how their role affects other members of the group. This could be as simple as a drawing like you’d see in a basketball gamebook, or it could look more like a flow chart or process diagram. This is how the team can visually grasp the concept and feel part of something larger than themselves.
2. What is the Team’s Story?
Think about a story. These people are working together to overcome a specific challenge. Storytelling can be used to motivate and inspire your team members to work together. Because it connects to emotions, the story can be captivating and allow your team members to become part. The next chapter will be determined by how the team performs. Your team should encourage their members to envision the next chapter, engage in lively discussions that spark the imagination of the group, and then hold sessions to brainstorm ways to get from where they are now to where the whole team would like to be in the future.
Two things can be done by having a team story. It inspires team members to be excited about their work and the direction of the team. It inspires and motivates the team to achieve their next goal.
3. Encourage team members by talking to each other individually
Although team-building activities can be great, people react differently to being around others than when they are with one another. Talk to your team members and learn more about them. This will help you to understand their strengths and weaknesses and to give them a role that is rewarding. Then, encourage them to assume responsibility for the part. People like to know they are valuable members of the team. Tell them, and encourage them to do a better job.
Each member of the team can be empowered to perform their role. This improves the overall performance of the entire team.