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Leadership by Example: How Sharing Your Work’s Value Motivates Others

Leadership by Example: How Sharing Your Work’s Value Motivates Others


By Dr. Denise Outlaw
Faculty Member, Management, American Public University

Did you ever wonder how the work you accomplish might be highly motivating to other team members in your organization? Yes, your work has value beyond accomplishing your own tasks. It might actually help raise the standard for productivity and engagement, elevating the entire organization.

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In order for that to happen, it’s important that you lead by example. But at the same time, you must effectively communicate what you and your team are working on and how it ties to the overall mission or strategy.

Ask yourself:

  • How can I better provide coworkers and others with insights on the value of what I am producing and how it’s positively supporting organizational goals?
  • Am I providing inclusive opportunities for coworkers to contribute their skills, feedback and insights to help share in the success?

You might be surprised how information you provide could help motivate others and create new opportunities for them to provide their own services.

Creating Reciprocal Value for Coworkers

Are you someone who makes recommendations to motivate others? What value does your work have that might motivate others to do their work better or to do the work they desire?

As information and suggestions are provided, a new type of collaboration and mindshare will begin to develop.

The information you provide will often be reciprocated. Coworkers will utilize what they learned from you and offer suggestions to their managers on other areas to utilize their own gifts within the organization. It’s a win-win.

Questions to Ask Yourself When You Communicate Your Work’s Value

Here are some other questions you might ask when you provide the value of your work to others:

  • Do you desire to receive information from other workers within the company?
  • Do you want to work at a higher level of the organization?
  • Do you have a desire to be an entrepreneur?
  • How might my information motivate your work and your value to the organization?

By opening up new channels of communication, you will often develop mutual trust with coworkers. You might be asked about how you were hired into the organization, questions about your duties or even what your area of study was when you were in college. Ultimately, people want to relate to you and to understand how you create value for the organization, so they might better reflect on what they might do to create their own value.

Never confuse the importance of communicating the value of your work with arrogance or boasting. By clearly demonstrating the value of your work, others will better understand the value of their own work. And if you take the approach of being inclusive and enabling others to connect their value with yours, you’ll motivate them to create additional success within their organization.

About the Author

Dr. Denise Outlaw is an associate professor with the School of Business at American Public University. She received her Doctor of Organization Management from the University of Phoenix. Denise has worked with and managed HR in various industries and organizations.



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