Summary: Understanding a Variety of Motivational Controls: Power, Influence, Force, and Authority - John 20:21
The following four motivational factors; power, force, influence, and authority are to be seen from their sources in the Lord, the scriptures, the Holy Spirit, and the will of God. When the seminary students at Jos E.C.W.A. Seminary were surveyed they indicated a great emphasis on power for their motivations. However, as they grew in the spiritual, social, and intellectual maturities they tended to resort to more of an authoritative - influential basis for their own family, personal, and ministry motivations. Let me summarize the four control switches for most motivations:
1. Power - Often the leader who uses power as his chief motivator imposes it through the following four channels. Sadly, many student conform outwardly to such a leader, but inwardly resent his uses of power over them.
a. Relational - This man shows that he has relational powers to motivate others to do their best.
b. Demands rational perceptions - This man insists that rational perspective give the greatest results.
c. Conflict of values - When a disagreement occurs this man sees it as a simple conflict of values in youth against his values. His greater power affects the outcome.
d. Threat of severe sanctions - This man uses threats of boycotts to exercise his power over others.
2. Force - The leader who uses force as a motivator often inhibits youths’ true faith development. Often followers of this leader have very low moral development. They usually do what is right only because they fear punishment for contradicting his leadership. Their values are ignored because the leader threatens them with the following channels of his use of force.
a. Relational to nonrelational - This man forces his way through with those he knows in high places. Or, in many cases he disregards people shutting them off from access to his resources.
b. Noncompliance - This man refuses to go along with others using force to accomplish this.
c. Nonrational behavior - He acts irrationally with violence or angry words.
d. Conflict of values - He counters others values with demonstrations of his force.
e. Application of severe sanctions - This leader imposes monetary, personnel, or communication sanctions to show his force.
3. Influence - When a leader invisibly affects the thinking, attitudes, and actions of another he does it through influence. However, the trouble with influence as a motivator is that its effects tend to wear off unless they are periodically reinforced. Paul influenced the Thessalonians by encouraging, exhorting, and imploring them as a father would his own children. (I Thes. 2:10,11)
a. Relational - This leader motivates his followers by establishing positive relational confidence.
b. Demands rationally perceived understandings - This man motivates through shaping of others value systems through a positive demonstrations of his own values.
c. Conflict of values - This man motivates by showing the negative sides of his values through contrasting examples.