A Great Leader does not Manipulate. He Motivates!

As people often confuse the concepts of motivation and manipulation, we decided to explain in this article what these concepts mean and to figure it out.

Motivation is the good intention of people to act in their own interests. For example, doing homework, being responsible for your actions, graduating from higher education – these are all the results of motivation.

As for manipulation, by consciousness it is an action that encourages people to act first of all in the interests of the manipulator, for his own benefit. It can be, for example, selling a low-quality product at a high price or forcing you to work overtime without additional remuneration or to treat the law in a wrong way etc.


The Leadership is the intention of a manager to act in your mutual interests by the system of “win-win”. It is only under this condition that normal workers and general partnership relations are built.

By comparing the motivation with manipulation is same thing as to compare kindness with deception. The difference here is that the Motivation encourages people to act on their choice and desire, meanwhile manipulation usually ends with forced consent, forced action.

Leaders and motivators are winners, while manipulators are losers that attract internal disagreement and hate.

According to the opinions of the great author Kevin Daum, the best leaders motivate their teams as follows:

They encourage personal and professional growth. Great leaders want their people to be their best and they are willing to help them get there.

They reward integrity. It’s frustrating and demotivating to see backstabbers and manipulators rise to the top by playing the system.

They instill hope, not fear. Great leaders use the carrot more than the stick and encourage people to step out of their comfort zone to bigger and better possibilities.

They support new ideas. Great leaders know they need to involve the team in advancing the process, which gives team members ownership and pride.

They communicate efficiently and effectively and they also set reasonable expectations.”

What kind of leader are you?

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