Lead Your Team — And Yourself

Joelle Jay

As a project leader, one of your key tasks is to keep your teams motivated. To do so, you remind your people of the company vision, hold them accountable to targets and goals, mentor them, and support their work. But how does the one who motivates others every day stay motivated as well?

 
When it comes to leaders, motivation is really about engagement. How engaged are you in your work? How committed are you to the results you’re supposed to be getting? Are you pushing forward with a sense of purpose and drive, or are you simply going through motions? To be your best, you need to give serious thought to what makes you flourish and succeed.
 
When you are motivated, you are a wholehearted participant in your own life. You know what’s important to you and you use it as a guide. You feel confident, energized and engaged. However, when you are de-motivated, you “lose your edge.” Your energy goes down. Your stress goes up. You may even feel guilty and resentful. You might be bored, either in an “I-can’t-take-this-anymore” way or in a dull, channel-surfing kind of way. Whatever way a lack of motivation hits you, one thing is for sure — it’s not a fun place to be.
 
Whether you feel your motivation waning or you want to keep your current high level of motivation on a roll, the following …

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