With the Olympic games taking place in London we have great opportunities to observe the ways that athletes of all types motivate themselves.
One point that I have observed is the comments that different athletes make about the behaviour of the crowd. Some talk about the “weight of expectation”, while others talk about, “the crowd buoying me up”.
Leaders can have the same effect on their teams they can either overpower them with “the weight of expectation” or “buoy them up”. Which do you do?
There does not appear to be any simple formula that leaders can use to buoy up their teams. Each individual will react to each situation in their own unique manner. So it is the job of the leader to make sure that they take account of the personality of each individual in their team.
So make sure that you know the personality of each individual in your team and treat them in the way in which they would like to be treated.