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7 Examples of Morale

 , February 03, 2020
Morale is the confidence and motivation of groups. This can be applied to an individual but only in reference to their participation in groups such as a society, organization, team or social group. The following are illustrative examples.


Camaraderie is the mutual trust and friendship demonstrated by groups. This is often forged by shared experiences.


Morale can sometimes be reduced by stress in the short term. In the long term, facing stress together as a group and emerging unscathed builds camaraderie. For example, long hours of working on difficult problems can reduce the morale of a team but teams may emerge from this experience with feelings of mutual respect.


The belief that the goals, strategy and plans of a team make sense or are deeply meaningful produces greater morale. For example, a family business tends to have high morale because everyone has a strong stake in strategy and close relationship such that they are likely to believe in what they are doing.


Win-win is the belief that everyone ends up better off when they build on each others successes as opposed to sabotaging each other with negative politics. Morale requires the level of cooperation that is indicative of win-win thinking.


Motivation is each individual's level of energy and enthusiasm towards a purpose. This is the basis of group morale.


Moral can go too far to become overconfidence, corporate narcissism and an inability to recognize failure.

Low Morale

Low morale indicates a group that openly or passively resists strategy or that simply feels apathetic and low energy.


Morale applies to group motivation and is a direct synonym of esprit de corps. For example, you wouldn't say "my morale was too low to work on my garden" as this is an individual pursuit where the word "motivation" is more accurate. You can apply the word morale to your individual feeling about your role in groups. For example, "my morale was low because by boss had unfairly criticized my performance."
Overview: Morale
DefinitionThe confidence and motivation of groups.
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