Deep Motivations, Not Competencies, Drive Leadership Performance

The Empowered Buisness

Your underlying (and often unconscious) attitudes and motivations determine what you pay attention to and focus on in your leadership role. Before delving into 7 key leadership motivation patterns, let’s first look at 3 often-missed truths about performance. Different leadership roles require different motivation patterns for high performance in that role. It will also tell you for a given leadership role, if he/she is likely to excel. Power. What if….

Leadership Is About to Get More Uncomfortable

Harvard Business Review

In our recent book, “ Leadership 2030: The six megatrends you need to understand to lead your company into the future ,” we examined the repercussions of the convergence of major forces like globalization, climate change, increased individualism, and accelerating digitization. Among our findings is that leadership in the future will involve increased personal and business-level discomfort. Leaders motivated by power over others will not thrive in this new world.

Shifting from Star Performer to Star Manager

Harvard Business Review

The late, great scholar David McClelland studied three human needs, or motivators that are profoundly important when it comes to managing people: the need for achievement, the need for power, and the need for affiliation. You set challenging goals for yourself, then you align all your personal resources so you can meet and even exceed your expectations. And sometimes you have to make tough business decisions that can strain personal relationships. Need for Power.