Every team is comprised of various personalities, tastes, learning styles and opinions. For managers and leaders, it’s often a challenge to find a one-size fits all approach that will work for everyone. The truth is, a one-size fits all approach doesn’t work, especially when you are dealing with diverse backgrounds and multiple generations.
To manage, motivate and engage your team, consider these important factors:
Learn about your individual team member by finding out…
- How they like to receive their information
- What motivates them
- What their values are
- How they like to receive constructive feedback
- What personalities they work best with
- What are their strengths (and weaknesses)
- What they are passionate about
- What type of learner they are
- Their cultural or generational differences
- What their hot buttons are
When you understand the individual people on your team, you can begin to customize how you engage with these people. Some might need more hand-holding while others need you to “tell it to them straight.” When you approach someone with a one-size fits all approach, you are likely missing the mark. One wrong word can demotivate your team member. However, if you take the time and energy to think about how they will react to what you are presenting, you’ll likely get more people on board, who are more actively engaged and self-motivated.
It’s not to say that you should cater to your team members. It’s simply a matter of managing using the knowledge that all people are different and when we treat everyone the same, it’s likely to leave some people feeling discouraged and demotivated. Don’t accidentally demotivate your team by not learning about them.
When you first hire, it’s a good idea to initiate a few standardized personality tests. This will help you understand what kind of person you have working on your team. It’s also a great idea to do this before you hire and to ensure the person fits in with your culture.
All these pieces and components play a role in keeping a healthy, productive team in tact.
Be creative and find ways to engage employees at their level. When you do this, you’ll build a loyal team and you’ll never go back to a one-size fits all approach.