Management Theory and Motivation

To be an effective manager, leadership qualities are essential. A manager is in a position to motivate the team only when he is motivated himself. Therefore, an effective manager is one who can motivate himself and the team.

My present assignment is very challenging as I am a part of the executive team of a renowned bakery in the city. I have always been proactive and strived to learn and master new skills. Not only do I apply my talents responsibly, but my endeavor has also always been to help people reach their full potential. The self-determination theory (SDT) is an approach to human motivation. Motivation has been of great concern to me as a manager because in words of Ryan and Deci (2000), “motivation produces”. According to SDT intrinsic motivation is the tendency to seek out novelty and challenges. Intrinsic motivation requires supportive conditions to maintain and enhance these tendencies. Intrinsic motivation requires a sense of autonomy which I have amply been granted by my seniors. Being a part of the executive team, I report directly to the managing director. I not only discuss my plans with him but he even encourages me to venture into new projects and recipes. Fortunately, I do not have to work under deadlines and pressures to formulate a new recipe. A controlled approach would have reduced my initiative because my work requires creative processing. These are the esteem needs as specified by Maslow and I am provided with an opportunity for self-direction which is a great motivator. My feelings of self-worth, accomplishment, and pleasure from using and developing my skills provide me with “intrinsic rewards” (Gallagher &amp. Einhorn, 1976) which I consider superior to any material reward. I have the confidence and self-control over setting my own goals as well as determine the paths to attain them.

Apart from developing new products and&nbsp.recipes, I also have the responsibility to manage people.&nbsp.