Tonight, our world closes the chapter on one year and turns the page to another that is new, untarnished, clean, pure, and open to all God has in store for us.
Tonight, most people will make resolutions related to their physical health and well-being. However, we need an emphasis on our spiritual health and well-being, especially as we lead into the vast new year ahead.
Now is the time.
Now is all we know with certainty.
Reflect on the past year, but look ahead into the new with a motivation to act, to lead now!
While some leadership styles involve force and manipulation, spiritual leadership thrives on participation. Spiritual leaders rely on the group overall and working together to achieve the goal(s).
Decisions and policies are made by and for the group.
Motivation is based on shared purpose and adequate communication.
Shared representation is built on “we” not “I.”
Participation in the role of leadership involves patience, allowance of independence, assumption of responsibility, and the need of cooperation.
We strive to reach a common goal and need each other if we are to make a difference. Think Souls.
Learning to work through the times when we feel less than our best can be difficult. Jerry West says, “You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.”
Remember our purpose. Do not lose sight of why we lead.
Put one foot in front of the other. Getting started helps.
Focus on the goal. The result is worth the effort.
Remain dedicated to finish. It is not how we start, but how we finish that makes a difference.
Leadership motivates us to show up everyday!
Consider three questions:
What motivates us to lead? Leaders experience discouraged and discontent. When this happens, a fire-lighter is needed, someone or something to motivate us.
How can we motivate followers? Leaders need a vision built on possibility thinking. Morale builds when impossibilities fade.
What keeps followers motivated? Establish short-term goals that strengthen morale and focus followers on achieving long-term goals.
Leaders need to develop plans that keep the fires lit. We must know how to keep ourselves and others motivated, both now and for the future.
Motivating others to act or move in a specific direction can be difficult, and defining motivation is tricky.
When exactly do we mean when we say someone is unmotivated?
Do people know what they are supposed to do?
Do they know how to achieve the task?
When was the last time we reminded them?
Have we made it clear why this is valuable?
Are there regular times of evaluation?
Successful motivation appeals to self-interests. When we carefully establish our approach, we begin to see changes in those we want to motivate.
How do leaders motivate those who are unmotivated?
We begin by asking a few simple questions.
1) Do the unmotivated know they are supposed to act?
2) Do they know how to perform these actions as expected?
3) When was the last time they were reminded?
4) Are the reasons clear why these actions are important, necessary, and valuable?
5) Are the guidelines clear of the consequences for not acting?
People are motivated in different ways.
We need a strategy that involves teaching others how to get from point A to point B. This is the first step in motivating the unmotivated.
Connecting with people is vital to good leadership. Several elements will help establish this connection.
1) Be transparent.
2) Provide hope.
3) Consistency is essential.
4) Relate to people individually.
5) Find ways to genuinely compliment others.
Leaders who connect lead with passion and integrity. They know and are known by others. Love for others drives a leader’s heart. Reaching the goal motivates a leader’s actions. Staying connected keeps a leader balanced.
In the harshness of the twenty-first century world, the power behind a kind word gives the nature of leadership the greatness God desires.
The value of speaking with kindness benefits every level of a leader’s influence. When a word is spoken with kindness several results occur.
The desire to achieve what benefits others is demonstrated as a priority.
The value or worth of the individual is raised to a level of importance for both people involved.
The biblical expression of the fruit of the Spirit testifies to the development of Christlike qualities.
The goal of unity among brethren is exemplified as Christians strive to serve one another.
The example of Christ’s sacrifice is characterized by the sacrificial actions of His disciples.
The outreach to a world of nonChristians is built upon a foundation of love reflecting the nature of God.
More could be said about the power of a kind word. Kindness requires us to get our personal agendas, preconceived ideas, desires, and motivations out of the way so our Christian light can be displayed and God glorified.
To this point, we have considered three questions that all great leaders ask. There is a fourth question these leaders ask that is also significant to consider: “What might be missing?”
Mike Maddock, who writes for Forbes online, claims “great leaders are open to the fact (and it is a fact) that they are missing something.”
We do not have the space to list all the possible answers to this question. It should be noted that what is missing can range from the most simple of ideas to the most complex of leadership teams.
The value of asking this question, and for leaders to impress upon others the need to answer this question, demonstrates the kind of humility great leaders need in their leadership.
When humility is part of the leadership equation, along with an openness to the possibilities, then followers will provide answers.
A sense of creativity, innovation, and motivation will exist to provide a stronger morale in achieving short and long term goals.
We cannot underestimate the power of humility seen in God’s leaders.
Life is filled with events. These events can be good or bad. The perspective of one person toward an event may not be the same as another person facing a similar event. The difference is often affiliated with someone’s attitude and worldview.
Robert Tew said, “It doesn’t matter what happens to you. What matters is, what are you going to do about it? Are you going to complain and shrink or are you going to step into your greatness?”
As he expresses, what happens is not the issue, but what we do about it generally defines who we are as leaders.
One choice is easy: complain and shrink. However, the results hinder our influence and the development of leadership character.
The option of stepping into leadership motivates us to see beyond the present and consider the power of changing lives: ours and those who follow.
When various events enter our daily walk through life, let us consider how the choices we make impact our own leadership development and that of others.