Motivating vs Engaging: The Myth and the Reality

Judy A. Vogel, Guest Columnist and President of Vogel/Glaser & Associates, Inc.Judy Vogel, Guest Columnist
President, Vogel/Glaser & Associates, Inc.

Since the middle of the last century, leaders and managers have been told that one of their primary responsibilities is to motivate their employees. This is a myth! People can only motivate themselves – no one can do it for another person!

However, as a leader you can create the conditions that actively engage others and in which they motivate themselves to provide high performance. Ask yourself, how effective are you, as a manager or supervisor, at engaging your staff?

Here are several questions to rate your leadership:

If not, these five questions provide you valuable approaches to support your employees choosing, day by day, to commit fully to the success of the organization. In other words, they will show the signs of motivating themselves!

Consider finding a leadership coach to guide you in customizing your approach to your organization’s priorities. Your job will be so much easier and you will be much more effective.

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