The great leaders we all admire today have that star quality that cannot be replicated. We may ask why it’s so but the truth is that the star quality we admire so much in them involves a healthy blend of motivation, experience and of course wisdom that I fancifully term as perception.
Today we will be highlighting some important lessons we can adopt from these great leaders.
There is a significant position which an inspiring leader holds, a position of authority and power. He can use that power to get things done, but he doesn’t. That is because he doesn’t need to. People follow him not because they are bound to, but because they want to. So how does a leader inspire action among his people, he does so by recognizing what motivates his people, leading by action and creating a strong positive culture.
Motivation & Inspiration
In the actual sense motivation so different from Inspiration. Unlike motivation that you do for certain reasons, Inspiration is solely fueled by true passion. For example, as I writer I am inspired to write this article you are reading because I love to do it. So even in my spare time I still have my mind warped around writing because I genuinely love to do it.
I could decide to write as many articles I want on this topic and even other topics without getting paid for it because it’s my Inspiration.
Motivation, unlike Inspiration, is what I do to either earn a profit or make people sing my praises. So basically I am not inspired to do it but I work because of the benefits attached.
Great leaders know that motivation limits your ability to create new ideas and adventure. That is why there are certain things they do which have a huge impact on the peoples’ perception of them.
One super quality they all share in common is that they lead by example.
If you tell people to be kind and you are not empathetic or sympathetic yourself, then you cannot claim to be a great leader.
When your followers or employees start seeing that your leadership is giving out the clear message “you are not important to me,”. Guess what – the agenda, the vision or the company will not be important to them as well.
With these simple steps great leaders inspire action by improving the perception of their followers:
1. Focusing on relationships:
Great leaders are genuinely caring because they understand that it’s a recipe for winning.
2. Display of Nonegoistic behavior:
Great leaders allow their work to do the talking. They lead by example instead of mere talk alone.
3. Believing in their followers:
This is the one-star quality they possess that cannot be replicated because belief in the ability of others without forcing your opinions on them gives them a sense of direction
4. Listening actively:
Great leaders listen to their followers and do less hearing.
5. Building their resilience:
These leaders we love to build their strength both Physically, emotionally and mentally continuously.
6. Curbing their enthusiasm ( Don’t be a social hand grenade)
Yes, there is no doubt that success is directly proportional to actions, but how does an action start? It starts with one simple yet critical element: belief. Great leaders believe in themselves, in their ideas, in their persistence, and in other people. Their beliefs inspire actions and that’s what makes them unique. You don’t have to go around telling people about what needs to be done and what actions need to be taken. Rather, you just have to tell people about your beliefs and people who believe what you believe would associate themselves to the cause and they would make it their own.
Still, it is essential to note that we all won’t be great leaders, some of us will have to learn from the footsteps of these rare gems to become better ourselves.