Motivation The Ultimate Guide to Leading Your Team
Motivation is regarded as a cornerstone of performance in the workplace, both personally and for organisations. If you are a leader, manager, or HR professional, this book will show you how to tap into what motivates every individual so that you can enable them to use their talents and fulfil their potential. You will also learn more about your own motivation and how this impacts your leadership style.
Written by bestselling author and leadership coach, Catherine Stothart, this book captures the essence of motivation in an insightful and practical way. You will learn specific tools and techniques for four key management capabilities – how to engage, develop, delegate to, and connect with your teams. You will also find out how to sustain your own motivation and be resilient through setbacks.
Using activities, case studies, models, tools, tips, and templates for practical action, this book is ideal for those who want to know how to motivate their teams, improve their well-being, and feel motivated themselves. It is also invaluable to HR managers, executive and life coaches, and learning and development professionals.
1. What Are Motivation and Purpose? 2. What’s Your Purpose? – How to Find Your "Why" 3. One Size Doesn’t Fit All – The Four Core Motivators 4. Leading on Purpose 5. Persistence and Performance 6. Helpful Habits and Resilient Behaviours 7. Up Close and Personal – Leading and Working with Others
"With this book you can explore your leadership style in a practical and relatable way and gain a new perspective on how to motivate your team and others."
Marc Jones, Head of Broughton Plant Value Stream, Widebody Programmes, Airbus
"A fascinating and practical book that explores two big questions every manager and leader needs to answer. How do I get the best out of myself and how do I get the best from others? Curious to find out more? Then dive straight into this highly engaging read."
Professor Paul McGee – aka The Sumo Guy, Sunday Times Best Selling Author and Motivational Speaker
"This book is a much-needed tool for leaders. Motivation is too often overlooked but remains the core fuel of performance in all our endeavours. Catherine lays out why motivation is so crucial to enabling a thriving workplace and explains how leaders can go about understanding and inspiring motivation in those they lead. Post-pandemic, these insights are more crucial than ever."
Cath Bishop, Olympian, former Diplomat, Leadership Coach and author of The Long Win.
"Grounded in rigorous psychological research, Catherine has created a fantastic resource for the 21st century leader. This practical guide helps readers to increase their own self-awareness and learn how to lead others to fulfil their potential."
Dr Penny Moyle, Business Psychologist and Executive Coach, Highview Insights Ltd
"The ambiguity around the future of the work place and the shift to virtual working have put pressures on leaders like never before. Both executives and employees at all levels are feeling lonely with side-effects such as depression and anxiety. In the midst of this context, it is vital for leaders to motivate their teams and the wider organisation. This book provides an excellent, simple to use tool kit for helping you to deliver results together with others."
Guy Lubitsh, Professor in Leadership & Psychology, Hult Ashridge Executive Education
"This really practical book explores how motivation influences self and others. By taking well known theories and bringing them to life through the experience of a range of managers, this book explores personal ‘type’ and how important it is to understand that the success of any task is dependent upon the people involved in delivering it. I’d recommend it for both newly appointed and experienced managers as an interesting and useful guide to understanding what motivates people."
Sue Higginson, Principal and CEO, Wirral Met College
"This book brings together content and real examples with the opportunity to pause and reflect about personal behaviour, choices, and aspirations. Each chapter encourages the reader’s brain to slow down and learn thoughtfully, which is much needed in this current world of limited attention, fast responses and rapid problem-solving."
Dr Helena Boschi, Psychologist and Applied Neuroscientist
"Most leaders know that they are supposed to be ‘different’ from the old command and control, but they don’t always know how. This book provides the guidance they need – it’s an essential read for people managers at all levels."
Ashley Oates, Market Area Director (Audi), Jardine Motors Group
"Nearly every Team Leader finds that motivating and inspiring their people is a challenge and a learning journey. This easily accessible guide will help them with a range of tools and ideas from which they are sure to get invaluable help along that journey. Every new leader should receive this as a welcome present!"
Andrew Mayo, Professor of Human Capital Management, Middlesex University
"This book is a great resource for the leader in all of us. It reveals essential motivators that feed our psychological needs and provides practical ways to stretch beyond our own motivators to powerfully lead ourselves and others."
Linda Berens PhD, author of Exploring Essential Motivators, Founder, InterStrength™ Institute
"This book provides readers with the opportunity to learn about motivation; this is accompanied by very informative self-assessments and tasks. The combination of knowledge, action and also reflection is highly commendable."
Dr Jennifer Johnson, University of Liverpool Management School
"This inspiring work provides a thorough exploration of communication and motivation as well as numerous practical tools and activities that can be used to facilitate personal and team development. Catherine Stothart has created a much needed practical guide that uses the lens of Temperament theory to help individuals understand their own core motivators and how to work effectively in a team. This book, based on extensive academic research and her decades of experience, is an essential resource for managers, coaches and facilitators seeking to motivate team members and build self-confidence."
Mary McGuiness, author of You’ve Got Personality and Director of the Institute for Type Development
"This guidebook will show you exactly how to inspire and engage even the most challenging members of your team to find more fulfilment and enjoyment in their work and perform at their best! The relevant and relatable case examples really bring the material to life and the book captures the essence of the 'New Leader'."
Eve Delunas, PhD, author of Survival Games Personalities Play
"Catherine’s book is a simple, clear guide to understanding your leadership style by accepting that there are different temperaments in human personality, any one of which can mean success as a leader and where motivation will vary. The interactive ‘exercises’ are an engaging way of encouraging readers to work out the practical applications that will work for them."
Jenny Rogers, Executive Coach and Writer
"This is a thorough and well researched book and is an essential read for people managers at all levels. It’s a great resource and provides valuable insights into how to shift perspectives for different situations. I highly recommend it."
Sue Blair, Director of Personality Dynamics, Author, Speaker, Coach
"This useful and timely coaching handbook is underpinned by Catherine’s extensive experience of coaching leaders and managers. I recommend this book as a handy guide to anyone needing to motivate individuals and teams, whether leaders and managers or coaches and educators."
Lisa Rossetti, Coach and Community Practitioner, co-author of Story Skills for Managers: Nurturing Motivation with Teams, Member of Association for Coaching
"Motivation is a key factor in today’s fast-changing work environment. Too often the talk about motivation is very general, missing what constitutes meaningful work for each individual. This book, based on Essential Motivators, (developed from Keirsey’s work on Temperament), gives great insight into individuals’ core needs, values, and talents and therefore what is likely to motivate them. It’s a valuable resource for managers, coaches, consultants, and leaders to use both in relation to themselves and others."
Susan Nash, Author, founder of The Type Academy and architect of Flawless Facilitation
"Catherine is an expert on motivation. Her extensive research of relevant scenarios brings a beautiful real-life perspective to motivation. The concept of Leader-Manager is crucial to successful business leaders and can be transformative in the development of themselves and their teams. The case studies offer a phenomenal way to apply learning a practical way. A must read for any leader of people!"
Brianna Burgos, Senior Manager, People Development & Organizational Learning
"Catherine has successfully integrated multiple complementary motivation frameworks which results in a comprehensive and powerful resource for leader-managers. Her insights on how to leverage the four motivation patterns are among the best I have seen. Every reader will discover motivational take-aways they can use themselves – and leave with clear techniques they can use with their teams."
Rob Toomey, President, TypeCoach LLC
"Catherine has a way of simplifying management models by using ‘live’ examples and then getting us to look more introspectively at both our own and others’ styles. Bring out the best in yourself and others by buying this book!"
Jane Hubbard, Director, People Jigsaw Ltd, former HR Director of Chester Zoo