Motivation in Leadership

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Motivation for Becoming Leaders

Negative Motivations


  • Position leads to pride
  • Pride covets public recognition and seeks to parade itself before the eyes of others
  • A person motivated by position is inclined more to emphasise his authority than his service to others
  • Position blinds your eyes to the feelings of those around or under you
  • Decisions are made without understanding and compassion
  • Authority is viewed as a tithe or job description rather than a responsibility that only God can help you to fulfil Matthew 23:6-12


  • Its a desire for ultimate authority and to dominate
  • On every decision and plan they desire to be the final answer
  • He's not aware that his decisions affect the lives of other people and that the best leader has a servant's heart and learns to be "slave of all"
  • The desire to control and dominate others are also evident as it arises out of a poor and insecure self-image John 13:3-5
  • If a person is insecure in himself or in his job, he will tend to dominate others
  • Sometimes a leader's fear of failure will result in a desire to control
  • He tries to hide his own mistakes and inadequacies before others by dominating and controlling


  • They want to be noticed by others and desire to be admired
  • Some want fame to make them feel more important. That was Saul's problem and it resulted in the fear of man which made him disobey God
  • Have you ever seen a servant who strived to be popular? It seems so out of place John 3:30 Galatians 6:14


  • Your motivation is "what can I get out of it?"
  • Your focus is not to serve for the promotion of others but is self-centred
  • There are certain privileges to leadership and it can easily be abused

The authority by which the Christian leader leads is not power but love, not force but example, not coercion but reasoned persuasion. Leaders have power but power is safe only in the hands of those who humble themselves and serve.

Positive Motivations


  • Motivation is to lead in such a way that the 'followers' are partners in the 'venture'.
  • The desire to see the fulfilment of those who work with you may be greater than the desire to see the fulfilment of the vision itself. Indeed, the vision may be, to see those who work with us hear from God and do it.
  • Desire for relationship with those you work amongst as a leader.