Have you ever noticed how the people we are drawn to nearly always have a really big purpose that is driven by something beyond themselves?

We're not interested...

...in those who like to talk incessantly about themselves and their own achievements, and only appear interested in WIIFM: "What's In It For Me?"

It's the same...

...with leadership.  The best leaders tap into things that appeal to the higher interests of their people: their sense of purpose.  People want to feel good about themselves and will admire others who represent the kind of person they would like to be.

And yet...

...so much motivation focusses on the basic level "hygiene" needs of money, security and recognition.  And when we do that we fail to ignite their passion, so we have real problems trying to get them onside.

  

ACTION POINT

Who do you particularly admire?.  

Take a sheet of paper and start writing: I admire xxx because...  

Congratulations!  You've just created a blueprint for the person you aspire to be.

Now...

...close your eyes and take two or more deep breaths, then imagine yourself as this person.  Take time to really enjoy and revel in the experience. Imagine how great it feels to receive all the love and appreciation just for who you are!.

Finally...

...open your eyes and walk around for a bit to get the feeling really embedded into your physiology, whilst also thinking about your next meeting or other interaction.  

Now you're ready to go and amaze yourself - and your colleagues!