Description of How Leaders Motivate Employees to Perform at High Levels

The Human Resource department of an organization is usually in charge of the motivation of employees to boost their performance. Managers and supervisors who are responsible for decision-making need to participate in the motivational process to inspire employees. Motivated employees usually have a positive attitude towards the business and perform at high levels.


  1. Incentives include salary bonuses, awards and competitions. It is important for a leader to devise a system of offering incentives to employees such as setting performance targets among employees. This provides a platform to inspire employees to work harder and improve their performance rating versus their co-workers. It also encourages positive competition among employees which builds their work performance and increases productivity.


  1. Leaders who appreciate the work performed by their employees build confidence in them and motivate them to improve their performance. Recognize employees who receive the highest sales or customer praise by personally congratulating them. This gives employees the impression that you have taken a personal interest in their work.

Employee Involvement

  1. It is vital for leaders to develop a dialogue with employees, by involving them in the decision-making process. For certain decisions, include employees in meetings to gauge their interest in a project, gaining their feedback on what is being proposed. Employees who are given a stake in how the business is run can provide valuable information on how best to tackle a project, helping managers to avoid potential and costly problems.

Training and Development Programs

  1. The organization should develop programs for training and work development for its employees with the aim of increasing motivation. Such programs can increase employee productivity and serve to groom some employees to assume leadership positions.

Team Building Events

  1. Leaders can organize events where employees and management come together to participate in team activities to build rapport. For example, games such as volleyball, soccer, tug-of-war and a blindfolded obstacle course can help build trust and demonstrate to everyone that they're an essential part of a team. A strong sense of teamwork can increase productivity, reduce turnover and lead to higher profit margins.