Leadership is About Inspiration Not Motivation

In 2010 I wrote a controversial article encouraging leaders to replace their organization’s “mission statements” with a “purpose statement” because purpose creates the inspiration for sustained motivation necessary to consistent progress towards success.

That’s why I was encouraged this week through the magic of social media, to follow a link to a short video with another speaker, Simon Sinek, taking my concept to an even more practical level, discussing a specific model for doing what I suggested in the article.

In this video presentation he points to examples such as Apple, the Wright Brothers and Martin Luther King, Jr. among others who used the power of purpose, what he calls the “Why” factor, to inspire others to follow and create great things.

I am now paying this forward and recommending that if you lead an organization, you should watch this video and apply the power of purpose to your 2012 message:

What Simon is speaking about is visionary and inspirational leadership, which I worked on with participants in last year’s Confident Leaders’ Training Camp. An outcome from that program was a new series this year on Leadership Communication called The Leadership Communication Mastery Series, it starts next month, Febrauary!

And you can learn more about this year-long mentoring program plus enjoy a 33% discount here at this link www.LeadershipCommunicationMasterySeries.com


’til next time, make it a great week!

skip weisman, transforming leadership and workplace communication to deliver champion level results

7 thoughts on “Leadership is About Inspiration Not Motivation

  1. Sue Clement says:

    Great info Skip! Simon’s TED talk is one of my favorites & so key to biz success. Here’s another video – it’s an annimated illustration of Dan Pink’s talk “Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us”. It offers different ideas on how to motivate & lead teams. Enjoy!

  2. Skip Weisman, Workplace Communication Expert says:

    Thanks for comments and for sharing that video. Daniel Pink’s book is one of my favorites and something I use in my coaching, consulting and trainings. I think his research and concepts of Motivation 3.0 are ideal for the 21st Century workforce and something I’m helping my clients develop all the time. Please come back, again!

  3. Ken Milloy says:

    Skip…with the possible exception of the Robin Williams explaining golf video this is my all time favourite and one of only 7 stored in my never loose these links file!

    A lifelong believer in the critical importance of a mission that pushes boundaries and defines “why”I find it validating in many ways. More importantly I was inspired by it as much on this viewing as on my very first.

    I am also convinced that in the new world of work based on collaboration, connectivity and so on – The WHY influence will emerge as the one and only way to get both customers and employees. This video should be mandatory watch and discuss material for every leadership team out there.

    Thanks so much for the post….Ken

  4. Skip Weisman says:

    Thank you, so much, for the rousing confirmation of the power of this concept.
    I appreciate you taking the time to comment here, and invite you to please come back again.

  5. Skip Weisman, Workplace Communication Expert says:

    Thanks for stopping by and watching, I’m pleased you found value in it and in perusing my blog.
    Please come back again.

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