School Leadership

Leadership: Conscious Practice of Motivation

 September 30, 2019

By  TeamTom Education

This key factor will help you to become a better leader…

That was the title of an article published recently by the World Economic Forum and The Conversation promoted the idea that institutions are effective because of leadership and their conscious practice of motivation.

In the words of the author…

Leaders are influential not only for their own strengths — but rather because they are skilled in motivating people to grow their own talents. Leadership can have a ripple effect: in an educational setting, not only teachers and administrators, but student leaders influence the growth, development, motivation and work creativity of learners.

– Darcia Roache

Though not all are enthusiastic as Darcia is about leadership and motivation. Some do not believe motivation is a positive aspect of leadership. Some see it as a negative influence on the workforce.

Leadership and the “conscious practice of motivation” are not hallmarks of vital institutions, they are how rich people get everyone else to work hard, be submissive, and stay engaged in their own exploitation. It is all about getting more work at less cost…You pretend to care about your employees just so long as it works, otherwise you ditch them without a moment’s hesitation.
– Elijah Hawkins, July 2019

“Pretending to care” is probably not the purpose behind any conscious practice of motivation.

In a school, teachers can see quickly whether a principal is authentic or insincere. Likewise, Darcia Roache suggests three tactics for leaders to engage in the conscious practice of motivation.

Three Actions for Conscious Practice of Motivation

A person can stay motivated when they know their motives will be accomplished. This can lead them to work harder to achieve dreams and goals.

– Darcia Roache

Three actions to increase your conscious practice of motivation are:

  1. Focus on communication – open lines of listening and multiple layers of messaging.
  2. Invest in your leadership skills – attend coaching sessions, leadership seminars, and online leadership networks.
  3. Lead with empathy – when school leaders show empathy with their staff, their voice carries more weight because it represents rather than dictates.

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