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Can a Leader Really Motivate?

Motivation is a concept that has been recently come into question. Can a leader really motivate another person or is motivation an inside job?

The good boss knows it’s actually a combination of the two. If a person has no internal drive, no matter what type of environment, this person is not going to fully engage. By the same token, the person who has a high internal drive for accomplishment can be completely shut down by a caustic work environment.

The good boss creates the opportunity and environment for motivation to occur within the individual. Those employees with the internal drive to achieve success thrive in the right work culture.

The motivated employee is looking for the opportunity to succeed. This means they appreciate the opportunity to have the accountability and responsibility to perform their job successfully.

The good boss offers proper training and development for the employee to experience success. To ask a person to perform tasks of which they are incapable not only causes failure, but erodes motivation to succeed while increasing the frustration in the job.

Motivated employees take great pride in mastering their responsibilities when they know they have a purpose and a role in the overall success of the organization. That is incumbent on the good boss to keep employees informed on their progress and their contribution while providing clarity on their purpose in achieving success for the organization.

How are you creating the right environment for a motivated employee to succeed?

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Success has Many Owners, but Defeat is an Orphan

Success has many owners, but defeat is frequently an orphan. Thomas Edison took credit for hundreds of patents, and his research staff rarely were credited with their contributions.

The good boss knows that success stories are rarely a one-person job. Stepping up to take the credit for a department’s accomplishment is not the best choice for a leader who wants to have continued success.

Recognizing all contributors to the success story of a particular accomplishment is a habit of the good boss. Why? Not only does the good boss want to ensure those who performed well get the credit they deserve, but by allowing everyone who contributed to the success enjoy the rewards, the good boss maintains the desire to succeed within the team.

The good boss never has an employee of the week, month, or year, because there are always more employees deserving of that recognition than ultimately get the prize in this situation. Great sports teams recognize that the attitude of winning as a team and losing as a team keeps the entire team making efforts to reach success and share the blame.

The good boss is focused on more than taking credit for the victory; they are focused on leading a series of victories.

How do you recognize your team for the success they create for you?

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