Essential Motivators™

InterStrengthEssential Motivators™

Strengthen relationships by understanding the core needs and values that drive you and others.

What motivates you to show up, invested, engaged and energized to do your best work?

Insight into this question is critical to your personal and professional success, fulfillment and stress management.

Essential Motivators helps to answer this question. The theory dates back more than 25 centuries to the work of Hippocrates. It was reintroduced in the 1970s by behavioral psychologist, David Keirsey, in his book, Please Understand Me and further developed by his student and contemporary research psychologist, Dr. Linda Berens (Interstrength Institute).

Essential Motivators tells us the why of the underlying needs and values that drive us – along with the talents we are more likely to develop, and the stressors that may lead to burnout. Because it is a behavioral model, it is also observable in others.

Essential Motivator patterns are dynamic, not static, and they influence, not limit, our behaviors and talents. There are four patterns, one is likely your core and represents what you can do endlessly, effortlessly and generally very well:

  • Catalyst pattern with a drive for meaning-centered contributions and a natural, diplomatic skills set
  • Stabilizer pattern with a drive for continuity-centered contributions and a natural, logistical skill set
  • Theorist pattern with a drive for mastery-centered contributions and a natural, strategic skill set
  • Improviser pattern with a drive for impact-centered contributions and a natural, tactical skill set

Essential Motivators helps you understand you own needs and values, in addition to flexing to work more effectively with others. It is used extensively in coaching, team retreats and stress management to support growth and success.

What are the Key Benefits of Essential Motivators?

  • Identify the situations where you tend to best perform
  • Understand your core needs and how to meet them
  • Recognize your core talents to further leverage for professional success
  • Identify your core stressors and stress solutions
  • Increase your confidence, contributions and fulfillment

Understanding the needs, values, and motivations that drive your behavior can help you apply your strengths, avoid possible pitfalls, and learn to flex and work more effectively with others of a different pattern.

This lens is an excellent solution for supervisors who want to improve their coaching and motivational skills with their team. It is also a well-received workshop for an energizing team retreat or conference. It is used extensively to support team stress management and to better match individual skills with work requirements. Finally, it is a powerful learning lens for individual and personal growth, and nests within Personality Type. It is easy-to-learn and apply.

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