Motivation is based on material rewards and involves physical— material—benefits received in trade for designated performance.
The only true motivation is self-motivation. Others cannot motivate anyone. They do something else. They inspire.
Inspiration, based on shared ideas or ideals, is based on the leader’s character, values, ideals, vision, and similar intangibles.
Inspiration is using words, ideas, and deeds to convey a sense of connection, excitement, and shared commitment to work-community goals or methods.
Inspiring others asks leaders to use more-than-rational means to persuade followers.
Do I encourage teamwork, inspire cooperation, mentor, and otherwise shape member behavior to agreed-upon goals often via one-on-one relationships?
Am I inspiring?
Do I take steps to confirm in coworkers’ hearts guidance about work-community values, a full understanding of the work community’s vision, and ways to communicate with other like-minded workers?
Do I convey a feeling of rightness about our joint work?