As a social animals, humans possess some definite and innate capacities to live and stay together. People love to live by group identities and form associations for better survival necessities. Weaker wants to join the stronger. More robust want to form a coalition with even more robust. A fundamental yet unconscious necessity for survival and progress makes humans instinctively motivated to connect with the perceived power sources. Such power sources may be spiritual, authoritative, organizational, economic, and even physical. Therefore, every human desires to present his strength aiming to join the perceived power. Consciously or unconsciously, people aspire to acquire superior social skills/ working skills and propagate their abilities but hide their limitations. Instinctively people seek and endeavor on what is necessary to join a strong group. The strength of propagating own superiority acts as a need to stay with strong teams. People act whatever is necessary to live with strong groups as an instinct to survive and progress. However, they also often get apart from their group, society, and organization. Sometimes, people not only get demotivated and become less productive for society or the team but also act as a source of adverse force. In an organizational framework, causes that make people often demotivated are:
- Sense of Injustice. When people perceive that organizational procedure does not apply equally or equitably, they feel a sense of mistrust. Favoritism or the lack of ethical practice at the different levels of an organization may generate demotivation among many. Often people do not know the truth, but they get demotivated by what they perceive through propagation. One odd example made by a leader can cause a massive blow in the overall motivation among many followers. Lack of essential resources puts people in distress, grief, and suffering, but the disparity in the distribution of even some tiny amenities may cause group frustration. Many people get demotivated if they perceive some discrepancies in resources distribution, allocating tasks, responsibilities, and recognitions even they are free from those necessities. Leadership’s responsibility is to apply superior wisdom and adopt clear sustained organizational procedures in each case of resource distribution, allocation of tasks, and recognition among their people.
- Conflicting Minds. When societal belief mismatches with the organizational norms, that may cause a psychological conflict among its members. When some social practices stand against peoples’ religious beliefs, it weakens peoples’ motivation. Conflicting minds act as critical hurdles to reach the utmost human potential, and such a society cannot lead in the human race. Therefore, leaders need to step ahead eliminating sources responsible for causing conflicting minds.
- Distance between Education and Reality. Honesty is the best policy- one of the essential educational learning in human life. Nevertheless, when people in some societies find that dishonest individuals climb the social and organizational ladder faster than honest persons, natural human motivation goes towards dishonesty. In such a situation, education, coaching, learning, teaching, and preaching of honesty may have only little impact. Therefore, leaders need to address issues so that honesty is uplifted and dishonesty must get eradicated.
- Unwarranted Expectations. Massive technological and system development has made human life easier, more comfortable, and more beautiful today. An enjoyable and liberal lifestyle has also increased human choices and expectations. People of the present age are often found suffering from uncontrolled expectations in their life in personal, social, and career. Hardly they are contented with the achievements people have in their life. In conjunction with the uncontrolled expectations, many suffer from different kinds of psychological disorders due to the lack of appropriate self-management skills. Fundamentally, this is a social or global phenomenon, and leaders need to address the issue through enhancing self-management programs.