Motivating others to achieve extraordinary results

Dwight D. Eisenhower, who motivated and led hundreds of thousands of ally forces during the June 6 1946 The D Day war, believed that “Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.” Throughout his military career as a General and political career that culminated as the 34th President of the US, Eisenhower clearly understood that people are diverse with differing passions, desires, needs, and personality types. Accordingly, he tailored his motivation approaches that inspired his people to do what he wanted them to do gladly and with enthusiasm on a consistent basis.

In 2012, Hollywood’s highest paid star, Leonardo DiCaprio revealed what really motivates him. For many people’s disbelief, he dismissed that winning Oscar isn’t his motivation. He acknowledged, “I don’t think anyone would say that they wouldn’t want one [Oscar]. I think they would be lying.”

You may then ask, “What drives DiCaprio to perform extraordinarily in those roles he has been playing for decades?”

He admitted that he never expected winning Oscar and that is not his motivation when he plays these roles. He shared what motivates him, I really am motivated by being able to work with great people and create a body of work that I can look back and be proud of.”

Like DiCaprio, each member of your team has things that motivate him or her. If you discover what motivates the people that you are leading, you could be able to inspire them to do extraordinary things well beyond what they have already believed they can achieve. Henry Kissinger, the 56th Secretary of State of the US, said: “The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.” Taking your people to unfamiliar places requires developing extraordinary motivational ability by understanding their sweet spots, things that motivate them.

What has been motivating you to do extra ordinary things in the past? Who is the most motivational leader you have ever known? What are the main characteristics of this motivational figure? Which ones do you have right now? Which ones you need to work on?

If you ever struggle to motivate your people to do extraordinary things, Success Pathways is your best bet. We will work with you to help you tailor your employee motivation and recognition approaches…


Assegid (AZ) Habtewold is the owner and lead trainer and coach at Success Pathways, LLC. He facilitates Employee Motivation and Recognition workshops. Here is the link to learn the learning objectives of our workshop on Employee Motivation:, and Employee Recognition:

AZ has been facilitating very interactive and dynamic soft skill and leadership workshops including Employee Motivation for diverse clients using latest adult learning methods. In his upcoming book, which will be published soon, he provides theories, insights, and stories to empower readers to become successful motivators.

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