Having a sense of purpose is vital to most of us. This yearning for ‘more’ has been exacerbated by the pandemic as people are increasingly questioning what’s important to them. Research is pointing towards people wanting a greater sense of purpose in general and this includes at work.
Purpose is a driving factor behind motivation and happiness. People crave meaning in their lives and want to contribute to something larger than themselves. I know I do!
According to Daniel Coyle, author of The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups, there are 3 key elements at play that make up the definition of high-performing, successful teams:
- Belonging: “We are close”
- Psychological Safety: “We feel safe”
- Alignment: “We share a future”
Your team purpose brings clarity, a shared vision, an understanding of the ‘why’ which unites your team as a whole. It’s a beautiful thing. In order to create this purpose and alignment, your team needs to come together, feel a close association with one another, and feel safe and secure in their work culture and environment.
Guiding your team in this way will bring about meaningful improvements to morale and performance – your team becomes happier and more effective.
Many non-profit organisations are facing similar challenges, mostly due to the pandemic. Sadly, and frustratingly, teams have become more scattered with some individuals working remotely, while others are back in the office. This scattering can create friction, a feeling of disconnect, and have a huge impact on how a team communicates and operates. When team morale is low, everybody can feel the weight, and no one needs that!
Leaders are finding it increasingly difficult to create harmony amongst their team and are becoming stressed and overwhelmed, firefighting rather than working strategically and proactively. Firefighting is no fun, there’s no sense of satisfaction or achievement when you can’t be geared up and excited to hit that goal together.
Never has there been a more important time to create unity and purpose for you and your team.
You want to create a united team fuelled by purpose, a team that’s motivated, performing successfully and working together with cohesion and clarity. You want a happy and thriving team, right?
You want to inspire your team to step into and embrace doing the important work they do.
The problem with ‘improvement’ is that it implies something isn’t good enough already. There will be things your team are already great at, so begin with those things. Take into consideration their cores values and beliefs. Acknowledging your teams’ consistent strengths will validate and elevate them, and a sincere ‘thank you’ never goes amiss.
Forging great relationships
Bringing your team together in a way that allows them to be authentic is a highly effective opportunity to build stronger relationships, trust, and understanding.
Encouraging a culture of support, empathy, and harmony between skill sets means the team can operate as one while the individual remains true to their own unique value.
Aligning focus on the individual with the overall wellbeing and performance of the team creates an environment of compatibility – one in which your team will thrive.
You don’t have to do it alone
Inspirational leadership begins with showing your team they are valued.
So, if you want to establish a thriving team, get in touch.
You’ll come together and learn:
- The relationships between pressure, wellbeing and feeling fulfilled.
- The physiological effects of stress and how to counter them.
- What mindset really means and how to change yours to achieve your goals.
- How to manage a large workload in a high-pressure environment.
- Discover your values and beliefs and how they shape who you are and what you do.
- The importance of identifying and building on your energising strengths.
- How to communicate powerfully, influence effectively and increase your authority.
And a lot more besides!
If you want to achieve a certain goal within a certain timeframe, set that goal then look at the key milestones along the way and set those as sub-goals. Then break that down again into more sub-goals. Before long, you have a list of to-do tasks which is much easier to manage and achieve.
Our vision: For nonprofit sector leaders and their teams to thrive and be highly effective in their role, therefore achieving optimal performance and well-being.
Our values: Empowerment. Drive. Clarity. Authenticity. Growth.
Our work: Vivid Leadership offers bespoke training courses, including leadership development, resilience and well-being, and fundraising training. We also offer away day facilitation and one to one leadership coaching.
By working with us you will gain the tools and support you need to achieve your goals and consistently reach peak performance. We will help you build confidence and strengthen resilience.