I have a book called The Inspirational Leader, by John Adair. This book begins by describing the need for leaders to inspire others to maximum efficiency. To be a leader one must rally their people around the common goals that are set forth by management. But may I say that we have few inspirational leaders, because they aren’t inspired themselves. I want to break away from the “Anatomy of the Leader” this once and just encourage you to be inspired. If you lack inspiration here are few helps to get you back on track.
Look For Inspiration in Everything
I was watching a show hosted by Steve Harvey, called Little Big Shots, and this boy came out in an electric wheelchair. He was famous on the internet for his videos of him singing and rapping. What I loved most about this kid, though he has a bone crippling disease and has every right to have a bleak outlook on life, this young man had the most positive energy and can electrify a room. His singing was second to none and it was awesome, but his attitude was even better. So what does this have to do with leadership?
Leadership, many times is a frame of mind. How we think determines our actions. Watching a young man like that makes me wonder why I grumble and complain, and feel the “drudgery” of life. Leaders have to dig down and find something or someone that can inspire them and help them to develop a positive mindset.
“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” Antoine de Saint Exupery
Oh let us lead by example, with intelligence, with confidence, but let us never fail to lead by inspiration. What about those famous coaches that inspired teams to greatness and championships.
These coaches were hard on their men and women, they worked them to the limits, they disciplined the players that did not want to do right, but foremost they were championship coaches because they inspired their teams.
You can motivate by fear, and you can motivate by reward. But both those methods are only temporary. The only lasting thing is self motivation. –Homer Rice
Find something that inspires you. Enjoy the feeling. Relish the moment. And share it with others.
Quotes Are Not Fixes
I love quotes and I believe they are important. Quotes are small windows into the life of geniuses that preceded before us. They are bursts of inspirations, that may enlighten us, lift us, brighten us, and many other emotions, but may I say the most important outcome of quotes are meant to change us.
Inspiration is great, but let us use it as a tool. Your goal as a leader is to always be changing. Remember this, “No leader has ever inspired people to change, that were not first themselves inspired to change.”
Leaders should wake up everyday thinking, “What steps can I take today to get me to where I want to go?” What changes can you make? How can you bring these quotes into reality? In your everyday grind, when you’re sweating, when your working, when your raising your kids, living the real life, you can’t live on quotes. But when you get tired and your vision begins to wain, you have mental block, and you face a little depression, then I say break out the quotes. Do not let quotes give you just a good feeling, but let them be the reps that builds your strength, to help you carry on.
A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Inspirations
Every morning when I wake up I go into my sons bedroom and pick him up to take him to lay with his mother. I do this for two purposes: The first, is so my wife doesn’t have to wake up to go get him when he starts crying, so she can sleep in a little. The second reason, is to hold him and kiss him, and to feel my inspiration. He is my inspiration!
My wife and I could live on next to nothing cause we know how to survive. We have eaten a lot of sandwiches and Vienna Sausages! LOL! But when my son came along, inspiration hit me right in the heart. I have a helpless beautiful angel that needs me to succeed and provide him the best opportunities that I possibly can.
When I need some inspiration, I unlock my phone and look at the hundred of pictures of my little man and it reminds me why I work a full time job, strive as a manager, and go to college full time to get a business management degree. He has been to church ever since he was two days old. I strive to be a christian and lead by example in front of my son. Deliver messages that will hopefully get to his heart one day.
I see those pictures and it inspires me, it moves me, it changes me, it raises me, it creates hunger, drive, it’s a true deep inspiration. Not superficial, not selfish, not temporal. I want to leave a legacy and that’s what makes me want to be the best leader I can be.
Now, that’s what drives me, what drives you? What inspires you? Take a picture of it hang it up and let it raise you to new heights and burn a blazing fire inside you!
So, when you wake up in the mornings and you feel the need to lay out of work, to not do your best, to relax or let up, DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT! BE THE INSPIRED LEADER.