Coach Your Team
Just as an athlete or sports person working towards a big match or race works in close collaboration with their coach to reach a common goal - success, the same ethic can be applied to the workplace. The most effective leaders are those that coach their staff towards success, which can be just as motivational as other incentives.
So, how do you coach your employees? Open a two-way dialogue that is both constructive and consistent; give specific feedback to highlight areas that are doing great and those that need some work, set clear expectations with reasonable and fair deadlines and targets, resolve any issues before they escalate and treat all staff equally regardless of status. It is also important to encourage your employees and support them towards their personal goals as well as business related ones.