Strategies to Motivate Reluctant People

By: David Novak Leadership

Ok, everyone knows it’s never fun implementing new initiatives when you have reluctant people on your team. Reluctancy can come in all shapes and sizes cautious or fearful, unenthusiastic or wanting control. Whatever type of people there are in your life, managing reluctant people will always resist change and, ultimately, slow down progress.

Fortunately, it is possible to inspire reluctant people to move forward. All you need is the right strategy.

Here are two steps to motivating reluctant people:

  1. Align Your Team: Give your team all the facts. Once everyone is on the same page, you should ask for their input. Let your team speak into the initiative, and give your most reluctant team members an opportunity to offer their ideas. Everyone should have a voice. You will more than likely end up discovering the reason behind the reluctance, and have the chance to address any concerns.
  2. Get Them Involved: No involvement equals no commitment. After you get input from your team, it’s time to figure out where your most reluctant people will fit best. Give them opportunities to contribute. If they become involved in your initiative, they’ll be more committed to seeing it through.

By communicating to your team that you value their input and believe they are capable of bringing about change, they will be more willing to embrace new initiatives.

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