Ever wondered what keeps the leaders going?

Rome was not built in a day, neither are the organizations. Both have things in common that is leaders with vision; ready to do what it takes leading the charged bunch with them. It is MOTIVATION which keeps them going for long durations. Motivation can be different for every individual. But now let’s have a look at what motivates the leaders who can carry on motivating or inspiring a herd of people with them for long durations to achieve their goals.

Motivation itself can be either intrinsic or extrinsic. Intrinsic motivation is the one which one feels, fire in your belly which keeps burning and makes you act in the path towards your goal. This is the motivation which is commonly found in organizational leaders and others who have led people in large numbers.

This intrinsic motivation again can be classified into two categories. One is for satisfying their personal goals or it can philanthropic. In human history, we have come across quite a few of every nature. For example, Adolf Hitler’s leadership with a racist ideology which led to 2nd world war, at the same time leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela who got independence without war.  We also had Mother Teresa who served people selflessly thereby leading people to the path of selfless caring.

Motivation is a crucial factor which makes an individual to a leader. The motivation can be for factors such as name, fame, success, material benefits which can be termed as rewards. This extrinsic motivation is short lived only till you get those rewards, the willingness to work in the path dies as it long and lonely journey being a leader.

So as the word goes “Pursue what catches your heart, not what catches your eyes” these leaders have realized their needs. As seen above it was a racist ideology for Hitler, Independence for Gandhi and Mandela, Humanitarian cause for Teresa and the paths they followed were the choices or the strategies adopted by them to meet their need of reaching the goals set.

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