A colleague and I were observing leaders and how much internal motivation is required for a successful “life at the top.” 

The higher you ascend on the organizational ladder, the fewer people there are who tell you that things are good.  Most of what makes its way to your desk are the problems and challenges. You don’t get many kudos or appreciation.

And if you need that external validation, a senior leadership position is probably not the right fit for you. To be comfortable long term, you need to be internally motivated and able to take satisfaction in a ‘good job done’ without someone else complimenting you on it.

Think about where you fit on the internal/external motivation spectrum. Does it align with your position on the leadership ladder?

— beth triplett


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