Work for the sake of getting work done is the quickest route to apathy and mediocrity. The greatest teams I’ve seen and been a part of know exactly why they are putting in effort and it’s always connected to an idea that’s larger than any one individual.
Even with purpose at a group’s core, emotions can fall off as time drags on and adversity is faced. Starting day one with vividly expressed passion ignites a burning excitement in all team members, making work more productive and fun. Excitement is contagious, but so is apathy.
Lead From Within
Leaders that have inspired me the most influenced from a position directly tied to the everyday workings of the core team instead of directing blindly from the outside. I believe that a leader needs to play an active part in the everyday workings, sharing in victories and defeats. This form of leadership earns respect and allows the leader to understand and relate to the individuals in the team to make work as fun and efficient as possible.
If you work to truly care about your team and understand their feelings, conflict and dissatisfaction will quickly be resolved, helping reduce internal roadblocks. Also, with empathy comes friendship, which not only inspires loyalty but makes work more productive and fun.
Everyone does work in their own way and when they are in their element, their best work is done. If you allow the team to work on their own time, while incorporating purpose and excitement, creativity will thrive and it will show in the results.