Researchers have found that internal motivation is an even more powerful driver of people’s behavior than previously thought. In today’s organizations, much of the work is not routine and requires focused attention and creative approaches. In this setting, creating the conditions for employees to exercise autonomy, pursue mastery, and have a sense of purpose is an important leadership skill.
Here’s how internal motivation works:
Skillful leaders do more than just address universal human needs and desires. They figure out what specifically inspires individual team members and then look for opportunities that fulfill those team members’ interests and passions.
If you know what inspires each of your team members, you can customize plans to keep people committed for the long term.
In summary, lead them as a group but treat them individually.