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How to Lead, 5th Edition by Jo Owen

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Chapter 13

Motivate your team: theory

Churchill described Russia as a ‘riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma’. He may as well have been describing human nature. The collective efforts of tens of thousands of shrinks over the last hundred years have not made people happier or more motivated. They have shown that we are all more messed up than we ever thought. Stress, low self-esteem, depression and other mental dysfunctions are at epidemic levels.

All the leader has to do is to solve the riddle wrapped in the mystery inside the enigma. The leader has to succeed where all the shrinks have failed – your riddle is to find a way of motivating your team. This is your key to unlocking the potential of your team and achieving high performance. ...

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