I have experienced that without a good motivation, not will be highly efficient.
The motivation starts from the leadership. It must be something contagious.
If the leadership is abble to contagiate the team, challenging things can be reached by the team. If there is few or no motivation, ever sigle things will be done.
A good story about that are the Germans. They reached incredible things because of the motivation of their leaders in the ww II period. I'm nothing defending their intention, that were too bad, I'm talking about motivation that can drive you to good or bad things, doesn't matter.
The most important center of trechnological evolution in any time that I know, was Peenemunde. It was the origin of NASA and it's leader, Wernher von Braun
was the leader of NASA until he died.
The opposite example is Brasil, that is divided and going to nowhere.