Motivation is a huge part of leadership. It provides the allure that makes people want to follow you and work with you. If you can’t motivate people, you can’t lead them.
But not everybody gets motivated the same way. One of the challenges of being a leader is figuring out how to motivate different kinds of people based on their personality and needs. Here are ten ways to motivate ten types of people:
1. Analytical — As you could probably guess, analytical people think very hard about things and look at the details. They need to be reminded of the specific reasons why their contribution is important, and expect to be rewarded accordingly.
2. Structural — These people thrive on organization and, well, structure. A structural thinker can’t get behind a leader who can’t get their thoughts and goals together. Timeliness and clarity is key.
3. Social — Social people need to feel like they’re valued for who they are, not just the work they do. Let them know that you enjoy having them around– work aside.
4. Innovative — In order for innovative people to thrive, they need an outlet for their creativity and a role that encourages out-of-the-box thinking. Still, they focus on the larger goal and need to know that they’re adding to the big picture.
5. Quiet — No matter how quiet someone is, they’re always willing to open up if you talk to them one on one. It’s important to notice these people and make that extra effort.