5 Qualities of a Truly Motivated Leader

Motivational leaders elevate a business and employees to new heights of success. They see the “big picture,” make decisions, establish goals and inspire others. This article introduces motivated leadership, defines its qualities and answers frequently asked questions.


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Introduction to motivational leadership

Motivational leadership is defined by positivity and vision. Motivational leaders make decisions, set clear goals and provide their teams with the empowerment and tools to achieve success. Motivational leaders evoke and see the best in their employees, inspiring them to work toward a common goal. 


Qualities of a motivated leader

Motivated leaders are defined by certain qualities that drive the way they lead:

  1. Inspires others
  2. Recognizes success
  3. Demonstrates integrity 
  4. Communicates decisively 
  5. Shares the vision


1. Inspires others 

A motivational leader inspires their team with enthusiasm and passion. They make people feel valued by investing time and learning about their priorities, strengths and needs. A motivated leader recognizes the value of hard work and encourages their employees’ potential through meaningful challenges and goals. People want to listen to them, feel energized in their presence and want to learn from them. While motivational leaders may be highly skilled in their professions, their impact on others is what makes them uniquely effective.


2. Recognizes success 

A motivational leader is positive and recognizes the achievements of their team. Motivational leaders know how to develop and effectively use their employees’ talents and skills. Employees feel invested in their work, appreciated and empowered, ultimately leading to higher productivity and engagement.


3. Demonstrates integrity 

A motivational leader works and lives their values. They are respected for being consistent, ethical and genuine. Because they model impeccable behaviors, employees trust them and are inspired to follow their lead. Motivated leaders often expect more of themselves than their teams. They take ownership and pride in their work and those principles are communicated to their employees through their actions.


4. Communicates decisively

Motivational leaders make decisions. When a leader is a confident decision-maker, they grab opportunities and earn the respect of their team. A motivated leader communicates concisely, tactfully and clearly. They set clear goals and deadlines, and inspire and energize their staff to achieve them.


5. Shares the vision

Motivational leaders see the future and they know how to get there. They articulate their vision passionately and clearly. Employees not only understand how they can contribute but how important they are to a team’s success.


Last thoughts about motivated leadership

Productivity improves when leaders provide a clear goal. Motivated leaders use positive reinforcement and collective brainstorming to reach business goals. Above all, motivated leaders remain humble. Remember that your goals cannot be achieved without the hard work of your team.


Leadership frequently asked questions

Here are the answers to some of the most common leadership questions:

  • How can I use motivational leadership?
  • What skills do leaders need to possess?
  • What is the difference between a manager and a leader?
  • How can I become a leader? 


How can I use motivational leadership?

Model the work and qualities you want from your employees. Demonstrate passion, hard work and focus. Set clear goals and articulate them. Listen to your team. Look for the talent and passion in your people and think about how you can help each person give their best every day.


What skills do leaders need to possess?

A good leader should be skilled in:

  • Communication
  • Strategy
  • Delegation
  • Motivation
  • Empowerment
  • Accountability
  • Creativity


What is the difference between a manager and a leader? 

A manager ensures tasks are completed so company goals can be met. Managers also set objectives and motivate employees to complete them. But whereas employees perform work for managers they follow leaders because they’re inspired to do so.


How can I become a leader?

To become a leader:

  1. Think about the bigger picture – whether it’s your company or the world.
  2. Demonstrate leadership qualities in your life and work every day.
  3. See the best in others and help them shine.
  4. Be a good team player and do what’s best for your team and organization. 
  5. Take constructive feedback willingly and gratefully.
  6. Learn to communicate well and listen.
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