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University of Michigan

Inspiring and Motivating Individuals

University of Michigan via Coursera


In this course, you will learn how to create a shared vision for your team and effectively communicate it to your teammates. You will also learn how to set effective goals and expectations in a way that best enables your team to attain the shared vision. Finally, you will understand the most important needs and drivers of performance across cultures, and will learn to align rewards with desired behaviors so that your teammates are motivated to attain the team’s objectives.

Motivation represents a crucial challenge for contemporary organizations: A recent Gallup poll revealed that only 13% of workers worldwide exhibit high levels of engagement and motivation. We will show you why these motivation problems are not simply due to a “bad” or “unmotivated” team member. Rather, motivation is very much driven by what work conditions we create for our teammates, how we structure goals and objectives, and how we reward people for the accomplishment of those goals. This course will help you diagnose and solve motivation problems so that you can bring out the best in your people.


  • Becoming a Visionary Leader
    • Every team needs a vision consisting of a shared purpose, core values and stretch goals. As a team leader, it is your responsibility to to create and communicate this vision. In this module, you will learn how to become a visionary leader.
  • Setting Effective Goals and Expectations
    • As a leader, one of your most important roles is to set clear goals and expectations. In this module, you will learn what makes for an effective goal, how to make goals meaningful and motivating, and the risks of setting goals that are too challenging or too specific.
  • Understanding Human Needs and Drivers of Performance Across Cultures
    • To lead people, you must understand what motivates people to take action and contribute to the team. In this module, you will learn the fundamental needs that drive human behavior, and learn how to leverage these needs to enhance motivation in your team.
  • Aligning Rewards and Behavior
    • One of the most common problems in organizations is that rewards are not aligned with desired behavior. Another common problem is ineffective feedback on performance. In this module, you will learn how to align rewards with behavior and deliver effective feedback to drive performance in your team.

Taught by

Scott DeRue, Ph.D. and Maxim Sytch, Ph.D.


4.5 rating, based on 8 Class Central reviews

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  • Johan Sandström completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    Interesting subject and the course was executed in a nice way by the teachers. I highly recommend this course if you are interested in leadership.
  • Jorge De Flon

    Jorge De Flon is taking this course right now, spending 20 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    A very interesting about influencia and inspiring individuales to achieve results un any organización.
    Very recommended forma anyone interested un motivating individuals as parte of its duties or needs
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