Motivation, Leadership and Ethics in the Workplace

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Easily one of the most crucial, yet challenging, occupations to hold, management positions require a plethora of skills and capabilities. Successfully performing the duty of manager is not an easy task, but if managers are able to motivate their employees, then the entire organization can reap the benefits. Because management positions encompass such a wide variety of responsibilities, it is oftentimes difficult to excel in all aspects of the job. As stated in Employee Motivation: A Powerful New Model, "Getting people to do their best work, even in trying circumstances, is one of managers' most enduring and slippery challenges (Groysberg 1)."Necessity demands that managers be able to lead and motivate employees from all different backgrounds and mindsets. For this reason, no two people can be approached in exactly the same manner and this becomes the inherent obstacle managers need to overcome. The rewards greatly outnumber the costs, however, because effective management can lead to such desired results as increased output and profitability, high employee satisfaction, low employee turnover, and an overall better working environment, in addition to many others.

It is no wonder that managers are so vital to the success of organizations because of the key roles they play.

A relatively new asset to the mid-sized Philadelphia law firm of Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP, Beth Dainoff has truly been making her mark within the company. Dainoff, the Public Relations Coordinator, is responsible for a number of significant tasks. She joined the company a little over a year ago and still claims to be learning new things and tackling unique challenges on a daily basis. "The work is never-ending," she admits with a sly smile on her face, which obviously shows that she enjoys the pandemonium. Not only is she accountable for her own mile-long list of...