Some of the important types of motivation are as follows:
- Achievement Motivation
It is the drive to pursue and attain goals. An individual with achievement motivation wishes to achieve objectives and advance up on the ladder of success.
Here, accomplishment is important for its own sake and not for the rewards that accompany it. It is similar to ‘Kaizen’ approach of Japanese Management. This motivation is more important for professionals.
- Affiliation Motivation
It is a drive to relate to people on a social basis. Persons with affiliation motivation perform work better when they are complimented for their favorable attitudes and co-operation. This motivation is of greater use where money cannot be used to motivate, especially minimum-wage employees and contingent professionals.
- Competence Motivation
It is the drive to be good at something, allowing the individual to perform high quality work. Competence motivated people seek job mastery, take pride in developing and using their problem-solving skills and strive to be creative when confronted with obstacles. They learn from their experience. Specialists, like heart surgeons would feel motivated if they get chances to operate upon unique cases.
- Power Motivation
It is the drive to influence people and change situations. Power motivated people create an impact on their organization and are willing to take risk to do so. Ms Mayawati, Chief Minister of UP, is power motivated.
- Attitude Motivation
Attitude motivation is how people think and feel. It is their self- confidence, their belief in themselves, and their attitude to life. It is how they feel about the future and how they react to the past.
- Incentive Motivation
It is where a person or a team reaps a reward from an activity. It is “you do this and you get that”, attitude. It is the type of rewards and prizes that drive people to work a little harder. Most of the unorganized job workers get motivated when they are offered more money.
- Fear Motivation
Fear motivation coercions a person to act against will. It is instantaneous and gets the job done quickly. It is helpful in the short run. Managers following Theory x come into this category. In Indian army, this kind of motivation is very popular.