Inspiring Challenge

by  Mike Henry  |  Leadership Development

This series on inspiration just keeps going and going.  Here’s a third post.  Who knows how long I can go with this?

Have you chosen to inspire people.  Leaders inspire.  Did you accept the thought I reported in the previous post that Simon Sinek stated that there are only two ways to get someone to do something.  inspire or to manipulate?

You have a third choice. You can choose to do nothing.

Nothing is everything when it comes to choices.  It’s the default, the incumbent, and the most popular choice made by people every day.  We all choose to do nothing.  Because we all have the power to choose.

Nothing is not very effective at getting people to do something unless you do it to manipulate, so Simon is probably right.  But if you surround yourself with nothing choosers, your ability to inspire will suffer.

The real challenge for an aspiring inspirer (how’d you like that?) lies at the source of your inspiration.  Each of us has a tank.  You know when yours is empty or close.  You know what it takes to drain your inspiration tank.  Your ability to inspire others is affected by many things – your energy, your rest, your resources and your passion are among them, but your purpose, the need and the context also play a role.  I’m sure there are more.  My point: investing in people takes energy.  How do you get refilled?

It’s not going to happen if you hang around others who make a habit of accepting the default choice.  You must choose to be around people who choose to inspire too.

To  re-charge, you must input the positive charge you’re lacking.  You’ve probably heard it said that every person you interact with will receive a charge.  You can choose to be positive or negative, right?  You inspire by choosing positive.  But when you’ve given out more positive charges than you can, your tank runs dry.  Where do you go to get recharged?

People who accept the default choice or the manipulate choice won’t do you any good when you’re looking to recharge.  You must choose to surround yourself with people who can give a positive charge as well.  Look for people who inspire, people with big goals and dreams, people with big hearts, willing to share in pursuit of a noble purpose.  Those people emit the positive charges you need when you’re running low.  Look for people who are able to invest energy in pursuits that energize and inspire because that will recharge you too.

We like to think of ourselves as positive-charge people at the Lead Change Group.  Check out the LinkedIn group page or the Facebook page and be watching for some new resources as well.  This isn’t so much a plug as a recruiting poster.  If you choose to lead and develop leaders, you will inspire.  There’s no other way to do it.  Care to join us?

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Marty Caise  |  24 Jun 2010  |  Reply

This post could not have been more timely.

I find myself in a challenging situation when it comes to a team I have grown very fond of that are currently going through a change in leadership. As I spoke to them today, I was filled with a great deal of emotion as members of the team spoke highly of me and my ability to lead them. While change is always difficult, I found myself speaking to them about how this change will provide them opportunities to grow as professionals and bring them tangibles and intangibles that were not always viable options in the past.

I am filled with a sense of accomplishment in looking at this great group of people I had a hand in assembling and yet a sense that more could be done for them. It was great to see that in the face of a change in leadership, they maintained their professionalism and showed that sense of opportunity as the new leadership group spoke with them. I would like to think I had a hand in that, but I can’t take that kind of credit because it is their willingness to accomplish our goals that made us successful.

Mike Henry Test  |  06 Jul 2010  |  Reply

Thank for the comment Marty. I appreciate it.


Sharon Eden  |  27 Jun 2010  |  Reply

Spot on again, Mike! As an old Rabbinical saying goes… If I care not for myself who will care for me? If I care for myself alone what will I effect. If not now, when then?’

First and foremost is taking care of our energy, just as you describe, in order that we might better serve.

Susan  |  01 Jul 2010  |  Reply

“You inspire by choosing positive.” I agree, I also think that inspiring is all about empowering the people who follow you and your mission. It must become about the community and the cause and less about the leader.


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