How Leadership Style Impacts Motivation

How do you motivate employees? We tend address this question in the most general sense. What increases people’s motivation? What decreases motivation? In that case, you might want to think about effective management styles, rewards and incentives, or an employee recognition program.   But it’s not quite that simple. After all, there are different types of motivation. To find out how leaders motivate employees, we first need to know what really motivates leaders.     2 Basic Types of motivation Think about motivation in terms of where it is focused. Promotion motivation: A focus on goals and ambitions, achieving desirable […]

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How Extraverts Can Ruin Teamwork

Extraversion is a preference for social situations and social interactions. You might assume that people with more of this personality trait are better at teamwork. But that assumption would be incorrect.   Extraversion sometimes does in fact provide real advantages when it comes to teamwork. But it is often a disadvantage.   Researchers have recently discovered more about how and why. Keep reading to find out.     The extraversion advantage Why are extraverted people sometimes great for teamwork? They bring “energy.”   Extraverts can feel very energized in social situations (including teamwork).   Under the right circumstances, extraverts make their teammates feel […]

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The Trait that Defines a Leader

What’s the trait that most defines a leader? It’s easy to think of traits that are important for leadership. Charisma, work ethic, intelligence…   But researchers have found that one trait often stands out above the rest. That trait is assertiveness.     How assertiveness defines a leader Are assertive leaders better? Or are they worse? It’s not quite that simple.   Leaders tend to be evaluated along 2 basic dimensions: Likeability: How much you are liked by others. Effectiveness: How effective you are at getting things done.   Studies show different effects of assertiveness on these different dimensions.   […]

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Managing Overqualified Workers: 3 Steps to Bring Out Their Best

Overqualified workers are in great supply. The number of available workers with college degrees has increased in recent years, far outpacing the number of positions actually requiring degrees. Tightened budgets have led many organizations to slash higher-level positions in favor of more low-level (and low-paying) positions. And as an alternative to full retirement, many older and more experienced workers are taking on new jobs with fewer requirements and responsibilities.   How can managers bring out the best in these growing segments of the workforce?     How to engage overqualified workers Person-environment fit theory gives us the 3 steps that […]

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