The goal of this thesis is to evaluate the differences as well as common proce-dures of leading figures in the three fields of politics, administration and the pri-vate sector concerning their personal characteristics and the effects of the latter on the motivation of employees. The term ‘leadership’ will be described, followed by a detailed depiction of different styles and types of leadership. The theory of implicit leadership is put in focus and builds the groundwork for the empirical study and its analysis. Additionally, the paper deals with the basic theories of mo-tivation, followed by a description of the management culture in the fields of poli-tics, administration and the private sector. The next step is the creation of a sur-vey for questioning leaders working in the areas politics, administration and the private sector concerning their qualities and approach on their role as leader. The results provide information about their methods and main principles concerning leadership and the resulting motivation of employees. The research question can be falsified or verified based on the results of the survey. Also, the differences in behavior of leaders – may they work in politics, administration or the private sector – can be evaluated by these guidelines, which will serve as a stepping stone to finding a tangible answer to the research question.