It’s easy to say ‘let’s be motivating as leaders’, but rarely do we get to explore how that looks day to day. For years I have had the desire to play the guitar, and finally this year I took it up and am in a world of pain: it’s a whole new language. Leadership, day to day is like playing songs on a guitar — you put together chords in different ways to play different songs for different audiences. Amplifiers have a whole bag full of chords they can play that will shift the energy in a business and in the people who are responsible for making the business work. Identifying the chords is easy: playing them well takes some practice.
This section is your chord master: it looks at a range of things leaders can do to be more motivational, to create more inspiring cultures and to transform the way work can work for the better.
Motivation versus manipulation
This book is about motivational leadership. It’s about inspiring others and doing this in a way that is seriously amplified: not only doing it, but also doing it big and bold. Not only doing it big and bold, but also actively developing it in and around you. In effect, not only being a ripple in a pond, but creating lots of others who are doing the same. It’s about not only being a motivational leader but also developing motivational leadership in others.
So where did all this motivation stuff begin?
Well, depending on how far back you go, you could suggest that we have had world leaders who did this ...