Techniques for Developing Self-Motivation

Various self-motivation techniques are practiced by leaders for ensuring achievement of the pre-defined objectives. Self-motivated leaders evolve and improve continuously, learn from their mistakes and are flexible enough in working upon their areas of development.

Let’s find out below, some of the crucial benefits which leaders can derive by practicing self-motivation techniques at work:

  • Leaders who can efficiently exercise self-motivation at their workplaces can establish clear goals and work towards the realization of those goals consistently.

  • Others are motivated as well to follow your behavior or the leadership approaches while dealing with their day to day responsibilities.

  • It fosters a sense of responsibility and promotes further self-development or improvement of the leader by way of continuous learning and being inspired by the achievements at work.

Techniques of Self-Motivation

  1. Listening & Leading: By way of active listening and exemplification of experiences, leaders strengthen the bond of respect between the leader and the follower; can attain outcomes and resolve the most complex issues with enhanced confidence.

    Benefits of Listening & Leading

    • Exemplification of self-motivation by establishing goals and in developing a robust plan of action for achieving them.

    • Leading and listening help in focusing the motivational energy in a more positive direction as it facilitates clarity in communication of goals, strategies and what is expected out of the team members.

    • By way of active listening, newer methods or approaches for dealing with the tasks can be derived. Continuous improvement at work can be achieved by identifying innovative solutions to various issues which is an outcome of a collaborative team environment and creative problem solving involving active listening skills.

  2. Challenging & Empowering Oneself and Education: Following are the benefits of using education and empowerment as a technique of self-motivation:

    • Leaders who are self-empowered develop the required competence for taking up the extra responsibilities and delivering professional synergies at work.

    • Leaders can grow and work on their weaknesses by way of self-education and self-coaching. Education helps in keeping the motivation levels very high for contributing exceptionally in the professional as well as personal front.

    • Self-empowerment helps a leader to address the challenges efficiently and successfully. With success in challenging endeavors, leaders with a high sense of self-empowerment are motivated for accepting more challenges.

  3. Rewarding and Recognizing Individual Achievements:

    • Leaders should reward themselves for their small or significant accomplishments; this will motivate improving continuously and achieving superior milestones at work. They must acknowledge their achievements and commend themselves for their excellent work as this will enhance their overall performance and productivity at work.

    • Leaders reward themselves by giving up time for others or by acting as mentors for others and guiding them on various organizational as well as personal matters by sharing their experiences.

    • By thinking of people who inspired others to achieve and following their footsteps, leaders can motivate themselves.


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