Jeswald Salacuse, author of Leading Leaders, notes that motivating leaders is a lot like shopping for people who have everything: They don’t want or need typical incentives such as more money, perks or responsibility. In fact, they may see those things as disincentives.
So, how to keep the leaders you lead engaged?
It’s your job to find out what motivates each one and to satisfy those needs. That may call for you to provide distinct, “special” incentives that vary from person to person. And you may catch some flak because that’s not “equal.” Don’t worry about it. Meet those psychic needs and you’ll have a happy team.
—Adapted from “Motivating leaders,” Don Blohowiak, , BNET, Nowhttp://blogs.bnet.com /leadershipnow/?p=358.