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How do you motivate your fellow team members?

11 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

You don't have to be a manager or a team leader to motivate others. Offering a listening ear or providing words of encouragement can make a world of difference to your coworkers. Sometimes, just being a positive influence and showing up to help, can also make a difference.

If you have worked in a leadership role, think of ways you helped set clear goals or helped individuals cultivate a new skill. Reflect on your experience and share how you have encouraged others to keep up the good work!

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"I motivate my fellow team members by coming to work with an exceptional attitude every day. I won't allow anyone's bad mood to let me down. That influence alone has helped many of my coworkers get through their day on a more positive note."

Admin
Answer example

"I motivate others by complimenting their work, asking them their opinion, and making them feel like a valued part of the team."

Manager
Answer example

"I motivate my team by showing them the difference that their work makes. If one of my team members has made a customer happy, I share that feedback with the team. If someone is performing above all the rest, I will point it out. Recognition is a well-received motivation factor with my team."

Marketing
Answer example

"My team members and I are motivated by creative breakthroughs which happen when we are not tied to an idea or rigorous process. We motivate each other by actively participating in brainstorms and whiteboard sessions, never shutting down an idea, rather building upon it."

Retail
Answer example

"I motivate my team members through kind words. If someone lost a sale or isn't having the best week, I will remind them of a day when they completely kicked butt. Words like that will often give someone the energy they need to succeed. I know it works for me!"

Sales
Answer example

"My team members and I motivate each other through our friendly competition! We all love a bit of fire under us to get going and knowing that someone else is succeeding, makes the rest of us want to succeed too! We send kudos emails when a big sale is closed and help others with negotiations when they have a tough client to close."

Teacher
Answer example

"I motivate through being kind and lending a hand. I look for opportunities to make someone's day a little bit better, especially when they seem down or not their usual self."

Clinical Research Coordinator
Answer example

"motivating a team... haha, yeah that can be tough"

Chef
Answer example

"I motivate my kitchen staff by coming to work with an exceptional attitude every day. I won't allow anyone's bad mood to let me down. That influence alone has helped many of my staff get through their day on a more positive note."

Training and Development Manager
Answer example

"I encourage others by reminding them of their strengths and reminding them of their goals. It can be easy to get discouraged when you're working in a demanding, stressful work environment. I keep my team engaged and focused through praising their good work and offering incentives, like half-days and organizing fun team events."

Civil Engineering Technician
Answer example

"I would meet with my team on a regular basis to ensure they are meeting all expectations, and that they are satisfied with the duties they have to perform. I would also occasionally reward them by using incentives, e.g., monetary incentives and/or the opportunity to move up the ladder by acquiring management skills."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
First written on: 08/28/2016
Last modified on: 06/29/2018

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