Monday, January 26, 2015

What Is Your Inspiration?

President Nelson Mandela: 'What is your philosophy on leadership? What inspires you?'
Captain of Springboks, Francois Pinnaar: 'I believe in leading by example.'
Mandela: 'That is exactly right? But how do you inspire your team to become better than they truly are? Now, that is difficult I find!'
~ INVICTUS, film.

What inspires you? Where do you get your inspiration? 

Inspiration is a form of motivation. It is something that can sweep us off our feet, or make us stand to steadfast attention. We can be inspired through the following ways:

From People Around Us
People are real, dynamic and interactive. Engage with them. Every person has something to offer  or teach us. Everyone is very good at something. The room is the expert. Ask, so we may learn. What can you learn from a person you dislike? We would be surprised. Most people lead fascinating lives in private, through their passions, passionate pursuits and pastimes.

From Films, Music and Songs
President Mandela was inspired by the words of the national anthem of South Africa, when he was at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. He was inspired to become a better leader.

From Quotations
These can be become personal mantras, and even powerful beliefs. Our internal self-talk can motivate us to do things, or avoid them. Beware of talking yourself out of duties you are expected to perform. 

Leadership LessonsHow do we inspire others to become more capable? List down your sources of inspiration, and apply one of them daily.

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