10 Ways To Demotivate Your Team

Motivating Your Team

You’ve done everything right in trying to motivate your team yet something is still off. Your team still lacks motivation and you’re not sure why.

The lack of motivation for your team may actually be coming from you. Gasp, shock, horror… I know.

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Yet if the team you’re leading lacks motivation and the reason is you, there’s good news. You can make changes once you realize what you’re doing.

We’re going to take a look at 10 ways leaders demotivate their team. With this knowledge, you can begin to make changes that will revolutionize your organization.

10 Ways To Demotivate Your Team

1. Micromanage everything:

You’ve told your team you trust them. You’ve encouraged them to take charge. And then you grab the reigns and micromanage every aspect of their position.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Unbroken: Path To Redemption

A Reel Leadership Article

In 2014, Angelina Jolie directed the amazing Unbroken movie. Unbroken told the fascinating story of Louis “Louie” Zamperini.

Louie was always in trouble. That’s when his older brother, Pete, steps in and takes him under his wing. Pete trains Louie to become an Olympic runner.

Cynthia and Louie marry Unbroken Pathway To Redemption movie

When World War 2 happened, Louie had to give up his dreams of becoming an Olympic champion. He had a war to fight. He left his friends and families to fight against the looming threat.

The unthinkable happened when his plane was downed over the ocean. Louie spent 47 days adrift in a raft. When he was rescued from the raft, he was put into a Japanese POW camp where he and other soldiers were tortured by the maniacal Watanabe ‘The Bird’.

Unbroken: Path To Redemption takes place after the horrors Louie experienced in Unbroken. Yet the horrors never left Louie. He brought them home and has to fight for his redemption.

To Motivate Others, You Must Do This

Motivating Your Team

Do you really want your team to become more motivated? Do you want them to have enthusiasm and joy when they come to work?

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Well, if you do, you’ve got some work to do as well! Having a motivated team isn’t about the team being motivated. This work goes deeper than that.

Let’s Motivate!

You know having a motivated team will make for a more productive organization. Motivated people are energized and ready to do work. They know their job and they’re ready to do it.

You can motivate your team through many different methods. From rewarding them for a job well done to helping them grow in their knowledge, motivation takes all different forms.

But you play a more crucial role in motivating your team than you may realize. You’re a key part of team motivation.

What Team Motivation Looks Like

Motivating Your Team

You’re getting ready to bring in a motivational speaker. Someone who will really get the troops riled up. You know this is just the thing your team needs to get motivated.

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Then, once the motivational speaker has left, your team’s enthusiasm and motivation return to the levels they were before the pep rally. Maybe their motivation level drops to pre-rally levels. This happens.

The Wrong View Of Motivation

We often think of motivation as a kick in the pants. Something to get us going. But then we find out motivation doesn’t last. Because of this, we believe motivation doesn’t work.

The late, great Zig Ziglar had a great quote about motivation:

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.

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Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Disney’s Pocahontas

A Reel Leadership Flashback Article

Disney’s Pocahontas released in 1995 and is an animated romantic musical. Yeah, that’s quite the mix but Disney’s formula works for Pocahontas.

What Disney's Pocahontas can teach about leadership

Telling the story of the American Indian Pocahontas (Irene Bedard) and Captain John Smith (Mel Gibson), you see how two worlds can collide. Pocahontas comes from an American Indian tribe. John Smith arrives on a ship looking for gold. The Indian tribe were a fairly peaceful people. The people John Smith arrived with were ready to kill the savages.

Worlds collide. Love blossoms. And leadership lessons abound.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Disney’s Pocahontas

1. Great leaders earn respect:

There were two leaders on the Susan Constant, Captain John Smith and Governor Ratcliff (David Ogden Stiers). The Governor expected and demanded respect from the crew. On the other hand, Captain John Smith earned the respect of the crew.