Direction comes from what we do, but motivation comes from why we do it. Here are some ways to lead teams with purpose.
1. Explore to execute. Look inward. What inspires you to do what you do and how can you clearly articulate it?
2. Inspire to empower. Share your purpose with the company. Use it to motivate your team. Nothing drives people like passion.
3. Permeate to persevere. Infuse your purpose into every aspect of the business (internal messaging, policies, and practices), and align your team.
4. Unite to thrive. A team must work well with one another to be successful. If they believe in the same cause, they’ll better serve it.
5. Communicate to motivate. Go beyond describing the tasks you assign to explaining the meaning behind those tasks.
6. Trust to be trusted. Develop mutual respect through common beliefs and lead the company through respect, not fear.
7. Cultivate culture to curate success. Focus on achieving purposeful results, not the minutiae of strict procedures.
8. Reflect to grow. Every leader should continually reevaluate their words and actions to be as productive and purposeful as possible so that their team will follow.
9. Exemplify to enlighten. Lead by example.
Source: Forbes | Graphic: Thoughtful Leader
There is a difference between trained leaders and leaders who are transformational. Here are five characteristics all transformational leaders possess:
1. They See Things Others Do Not See – While many leaders ask “Why?” they ask, “Why not?” because they’re always thinking about how they can create a better future.
2. They Say Things Others Do Not Say – Transformational leaders speak up. They leverage their influence by speaking bold words about a better future.
3. They Believe Things Others Do Not Believe – Adopting the belief that you can make a difference changes everything. When transformational leaders believe their cause can change things for the better, they bring conviction to their leadership
4. They Feel Things Others Do Not Feel – Passion is a leader’s energy. It creates momentum and tenacity for the challenges that all leaders face. Passion fires up leaders and the people they lead, and that fire carries them forward and helps them endure.
5. They Do Things Others Do Not Do – Transformational leaders know they exist for a reason, and they tap into that sense of purpose whenever fear arises.
Source: John C. Maxwell
Do you ever get tired of navigating the jungle of chaos? Many say they do, but their behaviors, belief systems, and actions perpetuate a chaotic environment.
Human beings have an innate desire to feel valued and often go to great lengths to be seen and heard. Whether it’s exuding power or some other attention-seeking antic, at some point, it becomes taxing on the mind and spirit.
Everything in the jungle has a relationship and purpose. Many diverse forms of life have learned to coexist to fulfill this purpose. It would behoove us to take notice of the beauty that surrounds us versus taking extreme measures to create separation and inferiority. Don’t let your discomfort ruin the experience of others.
Everyone deserves to feel safe and comfortable, requiring us to look beyond our differences and finding the same value systems that underpin the way we engage as a community.
Your travels create your life story. It’s a lifelong journey of asking questions and seeking answers, seeing things more clearly, listening more carefully, embracing change, and ultimately learning how to walk with the Creator each step of the way.
Regardless of the mistakes, disappointments, and setbacks you have encountered, where you are now is where you’re supposed to be. We are to trust and be grateful for each set of circumstances along the way.
When you focus on the blessings that emerge from your trials, you gain the strength and courage to continue moving forward. Remember to reflect on how far you have come versus how far you have to go and live out your purpose each day. Look for the Creator’s way in each moment and each decision and be grateful for the experience.