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Motivation is a complex and diverse topic as it applies to such a broad field of studies This paper explores how a teacher builds an identity with a school through strong motivational factors by first discussing the concept of motivation and offering some basic definitions Then it will cover some general topics that will effect teachers identity with a school and look at the theoretical concepts that relate to motivation especially the motivational theories of Maslow and Herzberg Finally it will explore a range of contemporary motivational theories and how these can apply to motivating teachers Since it is important that the theory can be applied to practise some recommendations will be made on how to best motivate employees specifically teachersMotivation is a topic that relates to every organisation every leadermanager and every individual in their desire to accomplish different goals therefore there exists many definitions of motivation Robbins Bergman and Stagg 1977 533 in Management define motivation as The willingness to exert high levels of effort to reach organisational goals conditioned by the efforts ability to satisfy some individual need Gamage 2000 defines motivation simply as getting the best out of people There area number of general factors to be discussed when examining the topic of teacher motivation and how they can develop and identity with a school such as leadership culture and job satisfaction Leadership is one of the most important factors that will determine a teachers identity with a school This becomes evident when examining a quote by Evan 1998 188 Whether it was the extent to which it enabled or constrained teachers created and fostered school professional climates that were compatible with teachers ideals or engaged their commitment and enthusiasm the leadership effected by their headteachers was clearly a key determinant of how teachers felt about their jobs Also teachers will identify more with their school if the leadership can engage with followers in seeking to achieve not only the goals
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