Best Boss Take 5 | Find the Why. Give the Why. Inspire the Why.

Leading and managing a team goes beyond just the “how” and “what” of daily tasks. The real key to inspiring and motivating your team lies in understanding the “WHY.” Here’s a breakdown of why the “WHY” is so crucial and how you can use it effectively.

1. Find Their Why

Start by figuring out what drives your team members. Why does a particular task matter to them? Perhaps it aligns with the company’s mission or serves the clients better. Dive deep to understand their personal motivations. When you speak to their “why,” you’re more likely to see a spike in motivation and commitment.

2. Give Your Why

Can you express your reasons for doing what you do? Sharing your personal “why” connects you with your team on a deeper level. It provides clarity and purpose behind the tasks and projects you assign.

3. Inspire Our Why

It’s not just about individual “whys.” Foster a collective sense of purpose. The team’s mission should resonate with everyone and answer the fundamental question: why are we doing this? Aligning everyone with the broader mission creates unity and a shared drive.

Incorporating the “WHY” into your leadership approach will undoubtedly yield results. When everyone is aligned in purpose, productivity and motivation soar. So, take a step back and find, give, and inspire the “WHY.” And hey, if you ever jot down your “why” statements and want some feedback, give me a shout!

About Danny

With over 20 years experience in training and leadership development  — and holding an MBA and an MA in Organizational Development — Danny Ceballos has worked with organizations across the country to strengthen their effectiveness in leading and managing others through supervision+motivation best practices and strategies.