Motivation vs. Empowerment

Motivation vs. Empowerment

Leadership | Posted by - September 2, 2016 at 12:30 am

As a leader, do you focus on motivating your team or empowering them? There is a difference.

Motivation is, in many cases, a temporary attitude that one must take on. It is an action-oriented state of being. When you motivate others, you are most often asking them to do something; namely, to get results. In other words, you are working within the scope of what is measurable.

As a direct result, motivation can be fleeting and impermanent. Motivation, in most cases, is a power-driven charge that quickly wears off. It is difficult to sustain long-term because motivation does not necessarily create a lasting transformation in others. There are exceptions, of course – but most people do not exist in a state of permanent motivation.

When we consider leadership at the very highest level, we witness how leaders can inspire complete transformations of thought. One iconic and well-known example from the world stage: after Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, collective consciousness was transformed. This sort of leadership is based on empowerment, not motivation. Empowerment inspires a shift in consciousness.

There are direct parallels for entrepreneurs leading a team. If you are a business leader, it’s worthwhile to get beyond mere surface level motivation for your employees – raises, titles, perks. It’s a better long-term plan to inspire and lead by empowerment.

Leading by empowerment means planting a seed of thought, cultivating it and watching it grow. Empowerment is, at its most effective, both a way of living and also a shift in consciousness.

To truly empower others, you need to operate from your own deeper principles. Your principles will act as a compass and when you live by them, and lead by them, your team be empowered at a fundamental level. In the best case scenario, you may find over time that your expectations and principles become internalized by your staff and they perform their duties spontaneously, without the need for as much supervision as was previously necessary.

When truly empowered, one cannot help but act. Empowerment is a force that propels us forward and truly effective leadership is what sets it in motion.

Tags: leadership, advice, employers, motivation, something, self-empowerment

Sophie Boyko
Sales Strategist Sophie Boyko teaches small business owners and entrepreneurs how to grow a profitable business.  Sophie has helped hundreds of North America’s entrepreneurs with the skills and growth strategies they need to communicate with influence, make an impact, inspire action and build revenue. Connect with her at
Joe Wasylyk
September 3, 2016 at 1:06 pm
I think that Senior Entrepreneurs will need to learn both concepts motivation and empowerment. Many seniors have lived a comfortable corporate life that brought them a great amount of job success and a sufficient level of monetary rewards. As a result, they are usually not motivated to work during their retirement life and 75% or more seniors will tend to focus on leisure activities eg, golf, travelling, etc. In order for seniors to be empowered they will need a purpose or a dream that they are really passionate about that will enable them to do some meaningful work. Empowerment also gives seniors an opportunity to give back to society and if they want work for free to achieve their goals.
Featured Members
George Peter Gatsis
The Black Diamond Effect Inc.
Billy Hennessey
RoyalPak & Oxford Beach
See All   ► Recent Activity Recent Activity
Dustin Boehm joined YouInc
parth solanki joined YouInc
Home Appliances Plus joined YouInc
shagunsweet joined YouInc
teenachris35 joined YouInc
bruceshogans joined YouInc
saqibkhan joined YouInc
Insight Health Apps joined YouInc