Motivating 21st Century Workers

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As defined by Williams (2009), motivation is the set of forces that initiates, directs, and makes people persist in their efforts to accomplish a goal. It is difficult to discuss motivational strategies without mentioning leadership. These things go hand in hand. Motivation can be described as a process which is initiated and guided by leadership. With that said, the following is an assessment of the best ways to motivate people in the twenty-first century to bring forth their best efforts to accomplish organizational goals. The first rule of motivation is that one will never inspire others unless he or she is inspired themselves (Adair, 2006). Only a motivated leader has the ability to motivate others, and before criticizing people for their lack of motivation or enthusiasm, leaders should question whether their own enthusiasm for and commitment to the task at hand is sincere, visible and tangible. Leaders should be able to express their enthusiasm through words and exemplar modeling while stimulating other workers to want to share the same motivation he or she possesses. ...
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