Ten Commandments of Motivation

By John K. Trocke

  1. Share responsibility, remembering that as you take credit for the success, you must also share the failure.

  2. Understand that as a leader you can give authority and allow others to contribute to their own success as well as your success.

  3. Constantly remind yourself that only through participation can others make their jobs meaningful.

  4. Communicate the why as well as the what to insure that understanding and cooperation become a habit.

  5. Evaluate accomplishments on the basis of the results achieved rather than on the activities engaged in.

  6. Sincerely be humble, knowing that most people would rather succeed than fail at their jobs.

  7. Seek always to set a good example, and through expecting good performance you will reap great rewards.

  8. Force yourself to set goals and priorities for your job so others can build their goals toward these.

  9. Be objective, fair and honest in your actions and deeds, realizing the mantle of leadership is yours.

  10. Light the way for change, knowing that putting yourself in the other person’s shoes is the greatest gift of a leader.

The GRAPE Theory of Motivation

  • Growth: Being able to increase one’s skills and competencies; performing new or more complex tasks; participating in training programs.

  • Recognition: Promotion within the organization and when appropriate; praise for achievements; feedback (both positive and constructive criticism); receiving an award; printed references to an individual’s activities; being “listened to.”

  • Achievement: The opportunity to solve a problem; to see the results of one’s efforts; to reach goals that one has established to create a “whole” tangible product.

  • Participation: Involvement in the organizational decision-making, planning and scheduling one’s own work, and controlling one’s own work activities.

  • Enjoyment: Having fun in a warm, friendly, and supportive atmosphere.

Motivation may be one of the most difficult tasks a leader faces. Some days it seems hard enough to get yourself motivated and excited about the group’s meeting or activity, but as a leader, it is your responsibility to motivate the members of your group in order to accomplish things.

Some Hints on Motivation

Adapted from LeaderBits, the University of Kansas, and Dr. Sara Boatman’s GRAPE theory of motivation.