Wondering what the difference between mediocracy and brilliance is? Believe it or not it may be fractional. That’s because a slight edge, if applied continually and well can reap huge results. Just think of a winning racehorse on the track. The difference between him and the second placed horse could have been merely a nose but he’s the one who takes home the prize money and receives the applause.
This brings us on to the topic of inspiring leaders and, indeed, how they do it ie motivate others into doing something they may never have considered before. It’s not difficult to bring to mind such personalities. Dr Martin Luther King is an obvious one, so too is JFK and Britain’s Winston Churchill. Third World leaders Mahatma Ghandi and saintly Mother Theresa led others via their vision.
Being able to motivate other individuals involves your audience’s emotions – and being able to drive them. According to authors Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee in their book Primal Leadership, it’s not about a leader being able to perform but rather his ability to make others perform. The way he or she does this is to send subconscious messages which let them know that he or she believes in the audience and that they expect them to perform well.
Meanwhile, earlier we spoke about the difference small percentages make. Management guru Peter Drucker insisted that if the majority of companies could improve the productivity of each of their staff by just 10 per cent, they could probably double their profits. Now that’s motivating!