Are your employees happy? That big smile you see as they head out the door on Friday afternoon doesn’t count. Employee satisfaction plays an integral role in work performance, so it benefits you, the employer, to monitor worker morale and find ways to address any shortfalls.

Before you can ensure your employees are on the right path, you’ll first need to understand their driving forces. There are some workers who are perfectly designed for leadership, while there are many others who will be happiest remaining part of the team. If you can understand these driving forces, you’ll be better able to make sure each person finds the perfect fit.

Identifying Great Leaders

Although there are many skills that make someone both a good worker and a good leader, some are more obvious standouts for leadership positions. A person whose motivating factors are linked to commanding gets the biggest satisfaction from being in charge. You’ll see this person interested in leaving a legacy and making a difference.

An altruism-motivated person also can make a great leader. This person is driven by helping others achieve their potential, making them perfect for heading up your teams. You can ensure these workers have career satisfaction and they will pass that down to the employees they supervise.

Top Team Members

The people who work hard each day to push your organization forward are the heart and soul of operations. These personalities can take a variety of positions, but each person will shine in a role that brings out those motivating factors.

  • Instinctive and Intellectual – These two groups of people love to apply research to decisions. Whether you put them in a leadership role or not, you should involve them in meetings where you’re generating ideas or troubleshooting projects.

  • Selfless and Resourceful – These are your task-oriented workers. They can help you find the most efficient way to complete a task, and they’ll get a thrill out of checking items off that to-do list.
  • Objective, Intentional, and Harmonious – These workers excel at helping you create the perfect work culture. Rely on them to bring your teams together and boost morale throughout the office.
  • Collaborative – When it’s time to work, teamwork is this group’s mantra. Make sure you also regularly recognize their individual contributions, as well.

As you get to know your individual team members’ driving forces, you’ll be better able to carve out a career path for each of them. Over time, you can regroup to make sure your employees are happy with that trajectory and make adjustments as necessary.



Agility Unlocked: Revealing the Connection Between Agility and Emotional Intelligence

It’s one thing to have insight into your emotional intelligence; it’s another to use that information to grow and enhance your impact at work. And it’s still another to scale it across the enterprise to drive organizational performance. The question becomes: How do organizations develop the emotional intelligence necessary to support what they need most: a thriving agile culture?

This eBook explores the connection between agility and emotional intelligence.

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