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What is the first thing that happens when you have achieved a goal? Is it relief, elation or excitement like:

“Wow! We have done brilliantly by reaching the goal we set up ourselves,”


“Goodness, I am relieved that we have finally made it.”


"I am confident in the outcome of the work that has been completed and I am ready to submit it to the executive team."

When you have reached your goal, it makes you feel good and very likely to take on the next challenge with confidence. Setting and achieving goals can boost confidence and motivation, making it easier to take on new challenges. In a team setting, successfully achieving goals can create positive emotions that spread like wildfire throughout the group. The bearer of such contagion is usually emotions, positive or negative.

Mya Angelou said: “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

The problem is that some of us think of the workplace as devoid of feelings and emotions. Sometimes we think that feelings and emotions belong to our personal lives and not to our work lives. Yet work is part of life for most people.

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Team leaders should drive the emotional involvement of team members by listening with an open mind. Understand what energises people in teams and appreciate what team members can bring to the table. The magic happens when leaders engage team members positively around goal setting and goal achievement.

Especially if they feel that the goals:-

  • Are challenging but attainable;

  • Are clear;

  • Can stretch them and help them grow.

It is important to acknowledge and respect the fact that people are often motivated by their emotions and feelings. By recognizing this, we can understand and relate to others better, and create more positive and productive interactions.

Engaging employees on an emotional level can help to motivate them and encourage better performance in the workplace. It's important to recognize that people are motivated by different feelings depending on the roles they play and the outcomes they want to achieve. By understanding and addressing these emotions, leaders can create a more positive and productive work environment.

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