Motives: What drives people

People are driven to activities by different motives. Some people are particularly motivated when they can form and maintain social relationships and bonds. They are motivated by so-called “connection motives?. Other people are driven by the fact that they can do excellent work and receive recognition for it. They are motivated by what are known as “achievement motives?. Other people again are driven by being able to inspire and influence others. These people are driven by so-called “power motives.” As a rule, all three motives are inherent in every person to varying degrees.

It is important to recognize what drives you most yourself and what particularly drives your employees. In this way, you can identify the greatest levers for motivation and use these as intrinsic motivation factors; in addition, you can also address extrinsic motivation factors. In this way, you will naturally achieve a pleasant performance climate in your company.

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