Motivation and Leadership increase work performance


A good leader requires charisma, convincing power, professional skills, analytical behavior when designing strategies, act with moral principles and values, assume challenges as they come and they are against personal favoritisms. A good leader is also creative, assertive, respectful and knows how to properly handle complex situations.

Beyond knowing the responsibilities of the people in a leadership role, as well as the objectives of the organization, the leader also requires a productive environment to put into practice the interrelation between leadership and motivation in order to motivate the development of the rest of the team. In this way, the team will feel freer to participate in the development and success of the company and will be in the best disposition to contribute as high-performance team.

The leader’s motivation is key to influencing the group. According to Angel Taboada Moveli, in his book Persuasion: The Power of the Leader (2005 edition) he claims that “the leader represents the energy of the organization, it is the one that transmits the work rhythm to the rest of the team”.

It is important to clarify that “motivation implies an impulse towards a specific outcome, while satisfaction is the result of something already experienced”. This distinction was made by Koontz, H and Weihrich, H (1999). It should also be noted that communication is a key factor, it must be credible and consistent in order to guide the decisions and efforts made by the group. By doing this, the team will feel more committed and connected to the work, therefore the group’s sense of commitment and identity will be reinforced.

In a study carried out by the Lima Metropolitan Service Company, it was found that motivation and leadership are positively related to the ultimate work performance. “This implies that by increasing the levels of motivation, work performance will be increased correlatively. Likewise, as leadership levels increase, the work performance increases. The results coincide with other research on the subject, which corroborates the findings” (Management in the Third Millennium, Research Journal of the Faculty of Administrative Sciences, UNMSM (Vol. 16, No. 32, Lima, December 2013). This research recommended workshops and motivational workshops for direct supervisors, in order to “stimulate the group through various means (words, gestures, or actions)”.

According to the theme raised, the importance of both motivation and leadership is remarkable, not only for the work environment but also in our personal lives. It is interesting to note that true leaders sow their best qualities in times of crisis. They have the ability to visualize with positive attitude what they want to achieve and then turn those dreams into reality.


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