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Building and Leading Resilient Teams: Module 3


Module 3: Improve motivation and commitment by providing purpose in the workplace.

Module 3: Improve motivation and commitment by providing purpose in the workplace.

When people have a sense of purpose for the work that they do, they are more motivated and committed. You can provide purpose in the workplace by challenging people to be their best. Most people are looking to grow personally and professionally. You should challenge each person on your team to learn new skills. You should challenge the team to learn new collective skills together. You can also provide purpose by helping your team understand how their work supports the organization’s mission. When people have a sense of purpose at work, they are better able to overcome adversity, and then adapt and grow together because of that adversity.

Why build and lead resilient teams?

In any organization, getting the work done can be hard. Resilient teams thrive in challenging environments because they can overcome adversity, and then adapt and grow together. Leaders build resilient teams by creating a positive climate, developing cohesion, and providing purpose. Building resilient teams makes team learning possible. Team learning is the foundation of organizational learning and change.


Learning Objectives for Module 3: Improve motivation and commitment by providing purpose in the workplace.

Assignment 1. Learn the following key terms and ideas. Knowing these key terms and ideas is essential to understanding the concepts that support each leader task in this module. (0.5 hours)

Key Terms and Ideas


Assignment 2. Reflect on your unique leader/follower experience with each of the leader tasks and concepts below. Consider ALL the reflection questions in detail. The articles are provided to prompt critical thinking about the topics. (5.5 hours)

Leader Tasks and Concepts

1. Analyze individual purpose.

Purpose is the desire and determination that drives a person to achieve a satisfying and meaningful future. Most people want a better future for themselves and their families. Work is typically the means to that end. Providing purpose in the workplace is about enabling the desire and determination of each person to reach their full potential. Providing purpose improves motivation and commitment.

Leaders can provide purpose by challenging people to grow personally and professionally. Personal growth is the development of mental and social skills that enable a healthy, happy, and fulfilling life. Professional growth is the development of knowledge, skills, and experience that contribute to success in the workplace.

Leaders can also provide purpose by helping people understand how their contributions help the organization achieve its goals. Keep in mind that people will leave organizations that they love if they are not being challenged personally and professionally to grow.

When people have a sense of purpose, they are more flexible, creative, and open to new ideas. They are also better at solving problems and overcoming challenges. Providing purpose is essential for building resilient teams.

Reading:

Making a Difference at Work

What if We Had Workplace Actualization?

The Engaged Workplace: Making The Meaning of Work Visible

Learning Culture Breeds Knowledge, and Knowledge is Power


2. Show genuine concern for people.

Leaders show genuine concern by getting to know their people. Relationships with people can be both personal and professional at the same time. Showing genuine concern for people helps provide purpose.

Leaders can show genuine concern by helping people focus on their strengths instead of weaknesses. Focusing on strengths doesn’t mean ignoring weaknesses. Focusing on strengths can improve self-esteem. Self-esteem is a person’s sense of overall personal worth or value. People that know their strengths and have high self-esteem are better able to overcome adversity.

Coaching is a show of genuine concern. Coaching is the process of unlocking a person’s personal and professional potential. Workplace coaching is gaining in popularity and some organizations have embraced the idea of creating a “coaching culture”.

Reading:

Get to Know, and Care About, Your People

Strengths or Weaknesses?

Strengths at Work

The Strengths Revolution Transforming Our Workplaces

Self-Esteem at Work

Why Top Strengths are the Secret to Your Success

Build Your Career Around Your Strengths, Not Your Weaknesses

Coaching Others To Be Resilient

3 Tips for Better Coaching Conversations

Feedback Is Not Coaching


3. Encourage individual learning.

Leaders should develop learning goals for themselves and their team members. Putting new knowledge and skills to work quickly is essential for learning retention. Constructive feedback from leaders is essential to the learning process. Encouraging individual learning helps provide purpose.

With encouragement, some people will develop a growth mindset and become self-directed learners. Growth mindset is a person’s belief that his or her knowledge, skills, and abilities can be developed through hard work and dedication. Self-directed learners are people with a growth mindset that take initiative and accept responsibility for their own learning.

Learning prepares people for more responsibility. As people routinely put new knowledge and skills to work, they develop self-efficacy. Self-efficacy is a person’s belief in his or her ability to solve problems, overcome challenges, and complete individual tasks successfully.

Reading:

Getting More Purpose at Work With Feedback

Foster a Learning Environment for Your Team and Yourself

Your Ultimate Guide to Applying Skills in the Workplace (and Making Them Stick)

3 New Year’s Resolutions for Workplace Learning and Development

Investing in the Professional Development of Your Team is No Longer Optional

How To Advance Your Career Through Skills- Based Learning


4. Delegate responsibility.

Responsibility is a duty or task that a person is required or expected to perform and be held accountable for. Delegating responsibility to team members provides opportunities for autonomy, ownership, and growth. Aspiring leaders will seek out opportunities for more responsibility. Delegating responsibility helps provide purpose.

Delegating responsibility allows leaders to maximize their own productivity. Leaders often have difficulty “letting go” of responsibilities that should be delegated.

Reading:

Empower Future Leaders by Delegating Task Ownership


5. Empower decision-making.

Team members should be empowered to make decisions consistent with their responsibilities. Empower implies giving the means and official authority to do something. Decision-making is the cognitive process of gathering information, assessing alternatives, and selecting choices or courses of action. Leaders should expect people to make some bad decisions. Learning from mistakes is essential for personal and professional growth. Empowering decision-making helps provide purpose.

Leaders should encourage team members to make timely decisions. The desire for more information to make decisions must be balanced against timeliness. The willingness of team members to make decisions during times of adversity is critical.

Reading:

When You Delegate, Include Tools for Success

Boosting Decision Making and Performance Under Pressure


6. Keep people focused on the mission.

Mission is what individuals, teams, and companies do day-to-day to accomplish goals and objectives. Being mission-focused is always important and critical during times of adversity. Leaders keep people focused on the mission by eliminating distractions and prioritizing tasks. People should know the purpose behind each task. Second-guessing decisions made in good faith is not useful. Keeping people focused on the mission helps provide purpose.

Reading:

Hard Times? Focus on the Mission


7. Be there when the going gets tough.

Leaders need to be present to help their teams work through challenging situations. Being there means getting involved and helping, but not micromanaging. Being there when the going gets tough helps provide purpose.

It’s important that leaders “keep their cool” when the going gets tough. People trust leaders that can manage their emotions and stay calm in difficult situations.

Reading:

Leaders Need to be Present During a Crisis


Assignment 3a: Group Discussion. For students participating in an instructor-led course, the group discussion of leader tasks and supporting concepts is a key element of the learning experience. Group discussion of the factual (what), conceptual (why), and procedural knowledge (how) relevant to each leader task ensures that students are well-prepared for the RBLP, RBLP-C, and RBLP-T leader certification exams. Students participating in an instructor-led course may also want to make use of the Exam Prep Study Tool described below. (3.0 hours)

Assignment 3b: Study Tool. For students conducting self-study of modules 1-3 only in preparation for the RBLP leader certification exam, we recommend using our new spaced repetition study tool to improve the learning experience. Spaced repetition is especially effective for adult learners who study in shorter, yet more frequent sessions. It’s a personalized and self-paced method to retain information longer, which ensures that learners become more competent and confident as they prepare for their certification exam. The Exam Prep Study Tool is only $24.95 for a month of access. (3.0 hours)


RBLP® Leadership Certifications


Resilience-Building Leadership Professional® (RBLP) Certification.

People who earn the Resilience-Building Leadership Professional® (RBLP) certification are qualified to build and lead resilient teams in the workplace by creating a positive climate, developing cohesion, and providing purpose.

RBLP is our core leader certification for supervisors and people seeking a supervisory position. Applicants for RBLP leader certification must have at least two years of work and/or college experience.

During the 1.5-hour oral RBLP exam, the applicant is required to show competence in factual (what), conceptual (why), and procedural knowledge (how) in the Create a Positive Climate, Develop Cohesion, and Provide Purpose competency domains (Modules 1-3 only).

Resilience-Building Leadership Professional Coach® (RBLP-C) Certification.

People who earn the Resilience-Building Leadership Professional® Coach (RBLP-C) certification are qualified to build and lead resilient teams in the workplace by creating a positive climate, developing cohesion, and providing purpose. They are also qualified to facilitate team learning.

RBLP-C certified leaders can coach others on these leadership competencies.

RBLP-C is our leader certification for managers and people seeking a management position.

During the 2.5-hour oral RBLP-C exam, the applicant is required to show competence in factual (what), conceptual (why), and procedural knowledge (how) in the Create a Positive Climate, Develop Cohesion, Provide Purpose, and Facilitate Team Learning competency domains (Modules 1-5 only).

Resilience-Building Leadership Professional Trainer (RBLP-T) Certification.

People who earn the Resilience-Building Leadership Professional® Trainer (RBLP-T) certification are qualified to build and lead resilient teams in the workplace by creating a positive climate, developing cohesion, and providing purpose. They are also qualified to facilitate team learning and support organizational learning.

RBLP-T certified leaders can coach others on these leadership competencies and provide training that prepares people to sit for the RBLP, RBLP-C, and RBLP-T certification exams.

RBLP-T is our leader certification for senior managers and people seeking a senior management position.

During the 3.5-hour oral RBLP-T exam, the applicant is required to show competence in factual (what), conceptual (why), and procedural knowledge (how) in the Create a Positive Climate, Develop Cohesion, Provide Purpose, Facilitate Team Learning, and Support Organizational Learning competency domains (Modules 1-7).


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