Leadership and Motivation: The Fifty-fifty Rule and the Eight Key Principles of Motivating Others

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Kogan Page Publishers, 2006 - Business & Economics - 135 pages

What motivates people is an important consideration for captains of industry, commerce and the public sector - in fact anyone who works with other people - since people are central to the success of organizations.

Leadership and Motivation explores the subject in depth. Leadership guru John Adair reassesses the theories of Herzberg and Maslow - still the major contributors to our understanding of motivation - in the context of Action-Centred Leadership - the concept pioneered and developed by the author.

Central to the book are the Fifty-Fifty Rule and the Eight Key Principles of Motivating Others. With the Fifty-Fifty Rule, Adair states that half of a person's motivation comes from within and half is due to their environment - especially the leadership they encounter there. His Eight Key Principles of Motivating Others are: 1. Be self-motivated; 2. Select people who are also self-motivated; 3. Treat everyone as an individual; 4. Set challenging yet realistic targets; 5. Remember that progress motivates; 6. Create a motivating environment; 7. Provide fair rewards; 8. Give recognition.


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Functional Leadership
Sharing Decisions
The FiftyFifty Rule
Maslows Hierarchy of Needs
The Social Needs
The Application of Maslows Ideas in
The Moral issue
The Eight
Parting Reflections Towards a New
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John Adair is internationally acknowledged as an authority on leadership. The world's first professor of Leadership Studies, he is the author of many books and articles on leadership and management development. An effective speaker with a valuable message, he continues to write and teach throughout the world, inspiring new audiences with his timeless vision of leadership.

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