After a terrific and busy schedule travelling Europe, talking about better interacting Millennials as upcoming leaders, a few topics touched upon were Culture and Motivation. Millennials behave very differently in the work environment, and the companies motivating them toward their own definition of success, which is wholly different than previous generations, are developing a workforce of empowered and creative thinkers
As a leader, do not seek to motivate your employees; rather, focus on building a culture of trust where individuals make the choice to become motivated.The job of a good leader is to help others find the best way to keep motivated, based on their own motivational styles and outlooks.
Leaders also have the responsibility to create an environment that inspires and encourages employees so that they can feel their personal motivational processes are supported and valued.
Leaders can help create positive morale and motivation within their team, and within each individual employee simply by creating a corporate culture of trust and affection. By doing so, it will help employees become more internally motivated because they will:
- Feel like a part of a winning team that respects and values all members for what they have to offer. This helps employees feel both intrinsic and extrinsic rewards when they are doing their best work.
- Appreciate their co-workers and seek ways to help them.
- Understand the goals of the organization better and commit to help as much as they can in order to achieve the goals individually and as a team.
- Enjoy the social interactions with people they work with and respect them as co-workers as well as friends.
- Deeply respect their leaders and want them to be successful.
- Feel like they are part [owners] of the company and hold themselves accountable.
- Feel appreciated and recognized for their many contributions; this helps to increase self-esteem and confidence levels.
These advantages help generate a culture of respect and trust.
Creating this kind of culture
What is “culture” in an organization? Webster defines culture as the social structure and intellectual and artistic manifestations that characterize a society. For an organization, “culture” means how people interact, what they believe, and how they create success.
If you could peel off the roof of a company, you would see the manifestations of the culture in the physical world. The actual culture is more esoteric because it resides in the hearts and minds of the corporate society, in addition to observable behaviors. Achieving a state where all people are fully engaged is a large undertaking. It requires tremendous focus and leadership. It cannot be something you do on Tuesday afternoons or when you have special meetings. You need to see evidence of this in every nook and cranny of the organization and make it your mission to give the Millennials a platform to truly evangelize for the company.