Among the many hundreds of leadership articles published online and in print every day, only a handful of them focus on what really motivates leaders to improve on a daily basis. Within Dale Carnegie training, the building blocks of both traits and styles are presented in classes and workshops. In fact, the tools and techniques in these sessions create effective leaders across Metro Detroit, within Michigan and beyond.
But leadership motivation is personal, and is solely dependent on each individual. Here are seven elements of possible leadership motivation:
- Position: Having a great opportunity within the organization also creates control to make big picture decisions. The ability to leave a big footprint is an excellent motivator.
- Responsibility: The larger the role is within the business, the larger the need to be the caretaker for the team. Just like Jim Leyland of the Tigers, it is the responsibility of leadership to get the team winning and producing.
- Growth: Creating growth for both leadership and the organization is a continuing force to keep things moving and to try new and different directions.
- Recognition: Even leaders need a pat on the back now and then to re-energize strategies for success. Sometimes just a simple thank you is enough.
- Learning: Every leader must feel the need to get better every day and to learn from mistakes and challenges. Learning is a main focus of internal motivation.
- Mentorship: It is integral that leaders create and nurture leadership. Finding the right people to grow success with is an interesting factor of both managers and leaders.
- Income: Naturally money has to be a motivator for anyone who puts in hours and works for a living. It is when money is the only motivator that problems evolve.
Although motivation for success must come from within, leadership and success are both team sports that will always go together.
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