Creating Great NHS Leaders Who Motivate

Research conducted by the institute of Leadership & Management identifies the benefits in creating powerful leaders. In the workplace, a good leader can inspire colleagues to innovate and drive positive change. Few employees are motivated by financial gain alone. So what can we as leaders do to motivate our NHS workforce?

A study conducted by the institute of Leadership & Management of 1000 employees found that people’s enjoyment of their role was the single most effective motivator. Other important factors in job satisfaction included getting on with colleagues, being treated well by managers and having control over the work that they undertake. So how can leaders motivate and lead effectively?

  • Giving our staff autonomy to explore, create, diversify and make mistakes can result in new horizons for an NHS team.

  • Getting regular feedback from our teams can give employees a greater chance to innovate as it creates a motivational sense of personal worth.

  • Persuading and motivating our teams can create enthusiasm. Everyone is willing to work hard when they are enthused.

  • If we put forward a  positive personal image and become assertive, we instill confidence in our teams, meaning that we are more likely to be followed as a leader. When you have followers, any goal is easier to achieve.

  • When we go the extra mile, it will be noticed, people will follow suit, and you will emerge as the leader of ever increasing achievements.

  • When we display a "can do" attitude, we inspire positivity and reject defeat. Rather than passing off wicked problems to other members of the team, make it happen! 

  • Value the skills and experience within your team, compliment and recognize achievements. This is a top motivator for staff and will result in positive working cultures.

On all of our programmes, participants work together to learn from real, practical, work-based problems and create new strategies and opportunities for themselves. As they become leaders in their own right, they re-enter the workforce with new skills to drive NHS services forward and they take their teams with them. They lead and thrive as they step back and re-evaluate their own behaviours and thought patterns so they can then take actions that have been better thought through.

Posted on December 9, 2014 .