What is the source of motivation?
Can motivation be instilled, or is it something that individually control?
In workplaces today, you may hear comments that morale is down, what is the leadership going to do improve morale? I don't see this is a leadership issue, but more as an individual issue. The part of morale that can be improved through leadership is when it comes to influencing a positive culture where team members are self motivated and feel valued.
As a leader, the right question that should be asked of your team is what motivates people individually in the workplace? Why do people come to work everyday, and what drives them to continue to give 100% each day? If, as a leader you are having those types of one on one conversations with your team, regardless of the level, you are well on your way to having positive and engaged morale within the workplace.
In my environment, I feel very disconnected from what is going on when I have those days that I am behind closed doors. It's as important for me to be out with team seeing what is working, or not working for them; coaching them when the opportunity presents itself; and if nothing else just having informal conversations about what is going on with people individually.
It is important that individuals feel connected with all levels of leadership, maybe not on a personal level, but at least on a genuine, interpersonal level. It is important to remember where we came from in the workplace, and how we can use our experiences to mentor others for future success. I have found that these connections are key to keeping morale positive, and individuals motivated to do their very best.
By nature, I am huge introvert, although, most that interact with me will wholeheartedly disagree. If you invest connecting with people where they want you to connect with them, trusting relationships occur. It is incumbent on us as leaders to develop and maintain those trusting relationships on a daily basis to ensure a positive culture exists. When the culture is positive, morale is high and self motivation is increased. People want to contribute more as a result.
The best environments are where team members feel that they "get" to come work and "want" to be part of something larger than themselves. I love the fact that I "get" to go to work everyday, because I am motivated to have a positive impact on others everyday!
Have a great week!!