Nicely presented and a lot of solid ideas about the paradox of continuing to spend money on leadership while we get so little impact on the front lines where the work is being done. This stuff does not trickle down — and there are lots of roadblocks and impediments to prevent active involvement or even good teamwork where the rubber meets the road.
We can lead all these people from the front, but the motivation needs to happen at the back and the rope we are using to pull things forward is often way to long to allow for communications to really occur or trust to develop.
What does top management development have to do with employee motivation? Well, if leaders are excellent, motivation will happen; if leaders are mediocre, motivation will be self-managed and minimalistic.
Maybe we need to flip the organization and focus on the supervisors as the top.