“Leadership is more than behavioral therapy and performance control.”

High individual performance and high achieving teams are always voluntary. Most of the time it is the result of inspirational leadership, not command and control bosses.

Bosses try to motivate unmotivated people. Great leaders inspire motivated people. Our English word “motivation,” finds it root in two Latin words, Pel and Puls meaning, “to come from behind and push.” If you are not tired of pushing people yet it means you are still young, unlearned, or inexperienced.

If your team members are not motivated—inspirational leadership will not provide it for them. Personal motivation is an internal decision based on a persons desire for achievement and numerous other reasons.

No one can give a motive to someone else. That’s why “Motivational Seminars” are a myth because at best the premise is presumptuous, or worse, a waste of time and money. Find motivated people and inspire them to achieve greatness. First individually and then as a team.

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
John Q. Adams

Someone once said, “You only live once but if you do it right once is enough.” Anyone with enough power, position, or money can be a boss, telling people what to do. Only a few are true inspirational leaders, creating opportunities for others to achieve great things. Poor leaders have direct reports, great leaders have direct supports.

How do you want to invest your leadership influence, relational equity and opportunities? You only have one lifetime to make a difference, for yourself and for everyone else who crosses the pathway of your life.

What do people feel and think when they experience you, a leader or a boss?