In the world of business, employees are one of the most important elements of any given enterprise. They can build a company up from nothing to towering heights or cause the collapse of industry giants due to incompetency or lack of motivation. The difference between an unmotivated employee and a productive, motivated one can often be as simple as what kind of leadership that employee has access to.

“Bosses”, “Higher-Ups”, and “Management” types are present in all businesses, but finding a “Leader” for your workplace can sometimes be tough. Places like The Everest Academy have been beginning to rise in the business world, putting managers through world-class leadership courses to make them more effective leaders for your business. To find out how leadership affects motivation, read on.

Demotivated = Non-Productive

The process of a worker losing their motivation and productivity is not a fast one, and a good leader can detect it in it’s early stages and combat it effectively before it defeats the employee. However, many managers can let it go on too long, and an unmotivated and unenthused employee is much more likely to leave their job than one that is happy and productive.

The problem, therefore, often lies with the people overseeing the unmotivated employee and not necessarily with the employee themselves. The best source of information on the cause of the lack of inspiration in their job is the employee themselves, and communicating with them about this in a non-disciplinarian manor is a great way to find out why they are slowing down.

 Leader > Boss

 After finding out what’s wrong, the next step is to differentiate between a boss and a leader.

A “boss” is more descriptive of a person in a manager’s position who tells others what to do and ensures the work is done on time. This is largely considered an autocratic management style, and places a lot of stress on the employee without offering much guidance from the management.

The reason this management style is so often parodied in popular media is because of how comparatively ineffectual it tends to be in most workplaces, largely leading to employee resentment rather than improved productivity. A leader, on the other hand, is a person in a managerial position that communicates with their team effectively.

This includes explaining what needs to be done and why, and then leads by example by working harder themselves to motivate the team. A person at the helm who does nothing inspires the same work practices in their colleagues, as does a person at the helm who does as much as they possibly can.

Harder Work, Better Work

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Once you have a leader-type manager installed in your business, the quality and quantity of work should gradually increase. People tend to respond well to a management style that treats them humanely and works alongside them, rather than not working at all.

Happy employees go the extra mile, sometimes staying back and/or starting early, and taking pride in their work. A leader knows this and knows how to get each of their employees to this mentality, despite their differences. One well-placed leader can save a company from a downward spiral, just as one immovable “boss” type can doom it to failure.

The leadership of a workplace has a profound effect on the mentality of it’s workers, and the mentality of its workers is the thing that guides the work itself. Making sure to have an effective and motivated team is crucial in ensuring your company’s future.

Published by Sarah Williams