WITH THE new year off to a running start, one would hope that managers are preparing to enhance the motivational environment that those under their influence will experience. Below are some thoughts for leaders to help them provide an intrinsically-motivating atmosphere: One that is (at least to some degree) self-regulating, optimally challenging (with an eye toward growth), and truly a team effort.
1. Practice random acts of encouragement. Encouragement is far more potent than one would expect. When we feel appreciated and cared for, it supports the need for relatedness, a crucial element of intrinsic motivation. It also supports the need for competence (“I can do this!” “This could be an exciting project!”). Try looking for opportunities to use encouraging words with staff, both individually and collectively, and see what happens.