Do your teams not produce the results you expect? Do they lack urgency? Are they stuck in analysis paralysis?
It could be your fault, not theirs!
Inspiring leaders & organizations think, act & communicate differently, according to Simon Sinek in his TED Talk called “How Great Leaders Inspire Action.”
Inspiring leaders always start with “why” – why we exist as an organization, why we do what we do, and what’s our purpose.
It is easier to communicate starting with the “what we do.” This is where most leaders begin when talking with their staff because we understand this better. Some leaders never talk about why we do what we do.
However, once you are crystal clear on why you exist as an organization, and share that first, you inspire people to follow you. You inspire people to take action.
If your teams are stuck and not taking action, look at your communications to them. Are you starting with “why”? Are you inspiring your people first with a purpose for their actions? Are you getting up high in the helicopter, and seeing the entire organization from an outsiders’ view? Or are you talking mostly about what the team should be doing?
After “why,” talk about how the work gets done, and then what we do. This is the order that inspirational leaders communicate. It can work for you to motivate your teams!
Listen to Simon’s TED talk by clicking on How Great Leaders Inspire Action.