At some point or another, every leader has probably had the challenge of getting people to work hard. This can be very challenging because each person has their own agenda. As leaders, the goal is to get everyone to work hard as a team. The following four steps can be used to get everyone to work hard and be on the same page before a project begins.
Keep Calm And Work Hard
It is very difficult to get anyone to do anything for you if they don’t trust you. Before you can get anyone to work hard, you must build trust with them. One of the quickest ways to build trust is to help them know that you sincerely care about them and their success. You must show and have a genuine desire to help them succeed. If you don’t have this desire on your own, know that if they succeed, it will make you look good as the leader. Work hard to overcome your pride and selfish desires to develop trust with those you lead. If you don’t overcome pride, it will lead to problems accomplishing the established goals.
Clarify the Big Picture
Once you have built trust, the next step is to help them understand the big picture. Let the people know what the big picture is and how they fit in. By seeing the big picture, they will feel more important in their individual roles. In addition to helping people work hard for you, creating a big picture understanding also helps you as a leader to clarify the your role in the project. It establishes accountability amongst all team members.
Establish the Vision
The big picture is “what” needs to be done overall, whereas, the vision is “why” it will be done in line with future goals. Once the big picture has been clarified, help those you lead understand how their responsibilities are important to the vision and future of the company. Your explanation will help them catch the vision.
Identify Project Success Benefits
Once everyone understands their role, identify the long-term benefits of the project. Whether it is a pay raise, bonus, promotion opportunity, greater job security, job satisfaction, or some other benefit, the team members will have a clear picture of what’s in it for them. They will want to work hard when they see benefits at the end of the successful project.
Getting people to work hard can be a major challenge when not everyone is on the same page. These steps will help you to get everyone to work hard and be on the same page. These steps will help minimize the challenges and overcome obstacles, so that everyone will work hard and get the job done.
How have these steps helped you to get people to work hard? Which step has been most effective for you? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below!