We need to internalize this idea of excellence. Not many folks spend a lot of time trying to be excellent. ~ Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States
Everyone, everywhere is busy. Busy is the almost inevitable response when you ask someone how they are doing.
The fact is, in many ways we are busier. Being asked to do more with less, juggling multiple deliverables, the never-ending stream of emails and days fully booked with meetings. People feel rushed.
This can result in members of a team taking an attitude of good enough is good enough. This presents an inherent risk of creating a culture of mediocrity.
As leaders we can, and must, inspire excellence. So how can we do it?
Set the example – and follow it.
If you want your team to be excellent, you have to set the example. You have to show them that you are willing to do the hard work and go above and beyond. If they see you turning in a mediocre performance, they will do the same.
Have a vision – and share it.
As leaders our success is ultimately determined by our team’s performance. For them to be successful, they need to understand the vision. Share the big picture with them, and most importantly, why. This way they can connect to the vision and what they need to do to get there.
Ask for input – and take it.
No one has a monopoly on good ideas. They bring their unique experiences, opinions and abilities with them to work every day. By asking for their input, truly listening and being receptive to their ideas you will learn more than you ever thought possible. You will also build trust and empower your team to take ownership of their work.
Have passion for the work – and live it.
Great leaders who are passionate. They are not in it just for the pay cheque. They care about the organization they work for and its mission, the people on their team and those the collaborate with, and I believe for their profession. Passion drives curiosity, collaboration and motivation. Best of all, it’s contagious.
Inspiring your team to excellence will improve engagement and take them to another level. How do you inspire excellence? Share your ideas in the comments section below.