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How to Motivate Others

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Motivation can have a domino like effect on others.

If you are in a leadership position, or if you are striving to attain one, you probably are aware that being able to motivate others is an important ability. Motivating others and keeping their energy up is an essential skill that differentiates those who lead from those who follow.

It may seem difficult at times to motivate others, but it can be easy. Following these tips should help.


If you are positive, happy and motivated, your upbeat attitude will be contagious. Your subordinates or colleagues will mirror your behavior and will become more motivated because you are. Also, it is good practice to lead by example, and this is the case with motivation as well.



People are motivated to act when they get something in return. This could be in the form of physical, tangible incentives like prizes or cash. People like earning a bonus, and they will often push themselves to perform better in the hopes of receiving one. Sometimes even a very small cash amount or a token prize is enough.


Sometimes your positive words could be incentive enough. You don’t have to give things, as giving praise could be just as effective. People react positively to receiving praise and kind words. If you tell people what they are doing right and well, congratulating them on a job well-done, they will feel better about what they do. Not only will they feel better about their work, but they will be motivated to perform better to receive more of your encouraging words.


There are many ways to motivate people, and these are just a few of the ways to do so. Use these alongside other methods that work for you, and you should find that it is easy to get others into a more motivated state. Folks who are motivated will perform better and will like whatever it is they are doing even more. On top of that, these motivated folks will probably like you, their motivator even more.

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  • Ashanya Kumar
    April 10, 2013

    I recently got promoted to a managerial position and for the first time ever, I've a team under me. Although I'm really excited about being a leader, it can be rather daunting. I will definitely keep these suggestions in mind, especially the part about how it is good practice to lead by example.

  • Dean Carmyle
    April 11, 2013

    I find that praise is a very strong motivator when it comes to working with others. People deserve recognition for a job well done. Keep that in mind Ashanya! Congrats on the promotion!

  • Dylan Busam
    April 14, 2013

    Good job Ashanya! It isn't easy getting a promotion in today's economy, but you must have proven yourself to be an invaluable member of the team! Great work! Keep in mind that as a supervisor, keeping your employees motivated and loyal to you are keys to being a successful manager!


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