This is a great article explaining how three simple hormones (adrenalin, cortisol and dopamine) affect your style of leading and managing, as well as the culture you are likely to create in a team and organisation.
In our experience, the power of this knowledge starts with awareness, then self-awareness - Mapping your traits to what you now know. Which hormone are you addicted to? And what type of culture is that leading you to create?
Meaningful challenges provide motivation, energy and connection. This means that if managers want their teams to do “more” or “better”, they had better feel challenged – preferably by something that connects with their own values and interests, furthers their own development and success and they see as worthwhile socially. Raising the bar on challenges also raises the bar on motivation and intrinsic reward – on the basis that psychological and physical safety exists and employees feel empowered, competent, supported and sincerely appreciated for taking on that challenge and achieving those new goals. This is contrary to the view of some managers who hesitate to ask for “more” for fear that team members will be displeased, or whose demands for “more” are met with active or passive resistance.