You often get to pick your team and when you do, it’s worth finding out what inspires a person. Our thoughts, preferences, and complaints betray our inspiration. When I complain, I am talking about what I care deeply about in that moment. Complaints can seem pretty banal when we pay attention to what we actually say. That
What do feel would make all the difference in the world? What do you think about? That is what inspires you. For some, it’s about a cause that would change the world. For others, inspiration is found in getting to the weekend without a hassle. Which do you want on your team?
Teams require some sort of inspiration or else they will just go through the motions. There has to be something beyond the task for the task to be accomplished to its full potential. We use the word “inspired” when we see something truly remarkable that stands out among similar tasks or performances. What inspires the team?
When a team is first created, it needs something that would cause the right people to join the team. If you simply ask people for help, then you get people who are helpful but have nothing better to do. If you try to require people to join out of a sense of duty, you have a morale
A leader can only lead a team as far as they can believe. Belief motivates because it gives the hope of something to strive for. Without belief, everything loses its purpose and meaning. When that happens, teams begin to focus on maintaining the glory of the past. Talk begins to focus on the good old days instead
If pessimists are realists, then optimists are hoping to change that reality. I don’t buy into the idea that pessimism is the real way to see the world. That is only true if you don’t believe the world can change. Pessimists never really lead anyone to a different reality because they are not by nature optimistic enough
If a leader has to resort to requirements, then they have abdicated half of their responsibility. A leader should inspire action. Required action is lazy leadership that drags people along while daring them to break a rule. Inspiration casts a vision that motivates people to take action beyond the bare-minimum requirement. All leaders need to look at their “rules”