To be sure, there are various types of management styles – not all of which require or even encourage motivation: There are many ways to get things done, and a team needs to be neither inspired nor have buy-in to a project in order to be successful.
With that said, I would submit to you that as a general rule the most effective and efficient ways to manage are through inspiration. With training and time, the majority of people can be taught to be self-directed in their work. From there, the best way to lead is often by creating the right incentives and getting out of your people’s way.
…In a world where the workforce is as skilled as it’s ever been in human history, inspiring people to give you their best effort is often the difference between 1st and 2nd place.
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