Motivating Volunteers

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Motivating Volunteers Paper
March 16th 2012

What is the best way to motivate volunteers for an event? The answer to that question depends on who you ask and what type of event the volunteers are being motivated for. To motivate volunteers there needs to be managers as well as leaders. Most people think a manager is a leader or a leader is a manager. In some cases this is true but a manager and leader are two separate positions. According to Michael Wilkinson’s article “What’s the difference between a manager and a leader?” he states many differences between the two. Some of those differences are stated below. “While a manager supervises people, a leader inspires people. While a manager solves problems, a leader eliminates problems. While a manager responds to client needs, a leader anticipates client needs. While a manager implements vision, a leader creates vision. While a manager is reactive, a leader is proactive. While a manager tends to focus on today, a leader focuses on tomorrow. While a manager communicates policy to people, a leader engages people in policy creation. While a manager ensures people are doing the job right, a leader ensures people are doing the right job.” With that being said, leaders do not develop over night. According to Michael Wilkinson they go through three different stages. “When people are first appointed to the manager role, they tend to behave like overseers and become task focused. We call this Level 1. Level 2 leaders direct their energies toward understanding their people's skills, maximizing their strengths and minimizing their weaknesses. Level 2 leaders focus on communicating the overall picture of what they are trying to accomplish. When you are in the presence of a Level 2 leader, you know it because the difference is like night and day. Level 1 leaders talk about the tasks, the deliverables and the factors related to accomplishing them. Level 2 leaders, however, tend to be focused on people. They realize that they...
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