Back in my college days, I was introduced to Abraham Maslow thanks to Dr. Gast, my Educational Psychology Professor. Maslow studied what motivates human behavior and observed that we are all needs junkies; once we have fulfilled one need, we move on to the next one. The basic need starts with food and water and then moves on to feeling safe, belonging, making a difference, being recognized and leaving a legacy. What does that mean for effective teams?
- Everyone needs to feel safe and secure. Fear might make those you lead compliant, but it will not drive their performance.
- Effective leaders create a sense of belonging by showing their team how important and worthwhile their work is.
- Recognition is a powerful tool for leaders. Recognition is not money; it is about making sure each individual is valued and recognized for what they contribute to the team. It is a powerful motivator.
- Everyone needs to have a sense of purpose and feel like they are making a difference.
Studies have revealed that great teams who work together accomplishing great things are teams who care about each other. As leaders, when we understand what motivates human behavior, we will be a part of awesome teams that will impact the world!
What do you do to show that you really care about each member of your team?