Leadership Training

Motivation Is A Cultivated Skill—Here’s How You Can Improve

Better Leader

November 17, 2015

I'm Regina.
Psychologist, executive coach, and functional medicine health coach and my mission is to help you truly thrive. Let's get to work!
TOp categories
Get My Free Guide to Increase Your Energy and Get Your Body Working for You Again

Motivation is a crucial part of leadership. But learning how to remain motivated, and motivating others, can be difficult. You might believe that some people are natural born motivators, and Motivation that it can’t be taught. You’d be wrong. You can learn how to be a better motivator just like you can learn how to be a better leader. Good motivators share specific traits that they use to help their teams become more motivated to get the job done. Here are some ways to improve your skills as a motivator:

Look forward, not backward

When you are motivating your team, you don’t want to harp on the past. You want to look into the future with a positive vision. A motivator with enthusiasm and a positive vision is easy to follow and believe. Look forward and explain to each team member how you envision their role, and how their positive contributions are going to help make the team a better whole. By emphasizing the future, you can focus your team on a specific goal instead of having them feel content about past successes or down about past failures.

Being wrong is ok

This is part of being a good leader as well as being a good motivator. You aren’t going to be right all the time. You might tell your team that you know they can reach a goal, and they might miss it. Maybe you aren’t right about getting a client or making a sales projection. It is totally ok to be wrong, and you and your team should know that being wrong isn’t grounds for getting down or feeling bad about your performance. Every project, whether it ends good or bad, is just another opportunity for you to learn. No experience is a bad one, and there is plenty to learn from being wrong that you can apply the next time around.

Your passion and energy are contagious

Always be sure to share your energy and passion with your team. Your team is going to have difficulties, hurdles to clear, low points where there are motivation issues, and the like. But every team takes on the personality of its leader. As a motivator, you need to stay consistent with positive energy and passion about your work. You have to consistently reiterate your belief in your team and their efforts, and you have to show that energy even during low points. When your team overcomes a challenge, they will reciprocate that energy as they see the results.

How To Be A Better Motivator

Foster positive competition

With team members, a little positive competition is a good thing! From time to time, things can get stagnant on any team as people get comfortable in their roles. In order to spice things up, you might want to foster a little positive competition. Sales teams do this all the time, with boards that indicate sales leaders and rewards for those who get the most sales during the month and throughout the year. But you can foster positive competition in any business. Just make sure that the competition remains positive and doesn’t turn acrimonious. Acrimonious competition can breed resentment and actually hurt team unity.

Add a comment
+ show Comments
- Hide Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Achieve vibrant health and lasting weight loss with our self-paced, 90-day wellness course, transforming your daily routines and boosting your confidence to prevent disease and extend your life.


A 90-day wellness coaching experience designed to help you navigate menopause with confidence and embrace your best life!

Subscribe to my monthly email and receive expert tips, inspiring stories, and practical advice to help you thrive professionally and personally. 

Customized Form


Follow me for daily inspiration, expert tips, and a community of empowered professionals!