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Lisa DavisProgram Associate-LeadershipPhone: 501-519-5472Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
by Lisa Davis - March 2, 2021
As a leader, how do you motivate and engage others?
“Be willing to do anything you would ask others to do. Prove it. Practice it,” said
J. J. Pitman, LeadAR Class 14 alum and director of the Arkansas 4-H Center.
Pitman shared this and other insights on motivating and engaging others during the
Leadership Lunch and Learn held Feb. 24, 2021.
Other keys to successfully engaging employees include:
Pitman included a quote from Dr. Henry Cloud during his talk: “People who achieve
things don’t rely on motivation to do so (because motivation will eventually run out),
rather they rely on commitment.”
He suggested that focusing on mission of the organization, or the driving force for
your overall goal, is key to establishing commitment.
One pitfall to avoid is being a cynic. He said a leader’s outlook is contagious and
suggested the leader highly influences the work atmosphere.
Lastly, Pitman expressed one simple way to motivate others is to recognize their efforts.
He said to brag on employees — it’s free.
Leadership Lunch and Learn is a new professional development series for LeadAR alumni
and University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture employees. Emails with an
invitation to register for the program will be sent every month. For more information
about LeadAR visit the website or contact Dr. Julie Robinson, email@example.com or Lisa Davis, firstname.lastname@example.org.