Leadership is: Zeal pt. 2

“In motivating people, you’ve got to engage their minds and their hearts. I motivate people, I hope, by example – and perhaps by excitement, by having productive ideas to make others feel involved.” – Rupert Murdoch

In Leadership is: Zeal pt. 1 we discussed helping others achieve their goals so that they would be excited and motivated to help us achieve ours. By the way, this is not meant to be a form of manipulation, this is just a good leadership practice!

In this post we will discuss how to maximize on other’s excitement for our goals.

5 ideas for maximizing other’s excitement for our goals:

1. Cast a Clear, Motivating Vision – Create a clear, compelling picture, one that inspires people beyond themselves, and beyond the organization. This requires us to look beyond how we are benefited, and to focus on how everyone benefits.

Simon Sinek explains motivation in his TEDx talk

2. Use Passions & Strengths – Capitalize on what excites people, and already exists within your organization. When people are able to operate within their areas of strengths, they feel empowered and successful. When people feel empowered and successful in their areas of passion they are excited to do what ever it is they will be doing.

3. Provide Accountability – Track progress, give feedback, and give direction when necessary. The old adage goes, people don’t do what you expect, they do what you inspect. Whenever you delegate authority it must be followed up with accountability; however this isn’t just about quality control, accountability helps others recognize winning.

Manager Tools has the best information on One-on-Ones

4. Display Internal Success – Catch people winning, then praise them for it. When people are recognized for their contributions encourages them to contribute more. Catch people winning by walking around and intentionally looking for it, once you find it, promote it!

5. Showcase External Success – Validate the vision by sharing examples of how it is being accomplished. When people are bought into the purpose of your organization, they want to see the fruition of their labors! A display of success encourages continued effort. Share testimonials, frame letters and put them on the walls, display what ever could be considered a trophy.

6. Share the Success – Don’t be greedy. It is true that everything rises and falls on leadership, but it is accomplished on the backs of the entire organization. When money or credit is given to those who helped accomplish the vision, they will be willing and ready for the next go around.

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