Clarity in direction and objectives is a strong motivational factor
As a race, as a species, people like to belong somewhere, they like to be part of something.
And that is actually a very fortunate thing when it comes to leadership. Because people like to be part of achieving something.
When you read different studies about motivational factors in the workplace, there is no doubt that people want to have a decent pay but when you dive deeper into it, very often the feeling of being part of achieving something bigger is actually one of the leading motivating factor that you will find.
And I think most people have been exposed to the contrary, which means that when you have seen people that have no clear picture of what they are trying to achieve, the energy fades.
The link from there into leadership is of course inside the leader him- or herself. Because if you as a leader don’t have a clear picture of WHAT it actually is that you and the team are trying to achieve, it’s very difficult to install that energy.
It ultimately comes down to the essence, which is about the leaders looking into their own mirror first of all, and ask that question: Do you actually have a clear picture of WHAT you are trying to achieve?
If you don’t, that is absolutely fair – the first part is to recognize that you don’t have a clear picture. But it’s only once you come to the place where you have a clear picture that you can convince a team to join you on that journey.
Otherwise it will be an uphill battle.