The link between remarkable achievements, complexity, and purposeful leadership lies so close to the borders of anarchy or utopia that only finite mindsets based upon choice and volition can provide deeper anchoring. Uncertainty, temptation, risk, attrition, globalization, multiple cultures, and varying contexts need sustained leadership based on sustainable leadership values. And this cannot come from fragile motivational engagement that can be blown away by winds of uncertainty or opposition.
While motivation theory, systems, and processes are necessary for executing day-to-day operations, these are not helpful in developing foresight, building strategies, differentiation, or in developing leaders who can manage all the above with sustained quality and ownership.
Motivation theory as practiced in organizations is mostly about short-term benefits that offer a reasonable hope of gratifying baser needs like survival or self-esteem. These motivators may lead to incremental achievements, but not to remarkable achievements or develop leadership values like ethics, empathy, creativity, innovation or greatness.