• Understanding Motivation and Inspiration

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    Whats wrong and what are we yearning for in our leadership. We are yearning for people to inspire us. Think about it. The people you think of as great leaders were people that inspired you. There are leaders who are very effective but they are not inspiring. But everybody who inspired you is a leader. Now it is not just about inspiration as an interchangeable word with Motivation. There is a big difference between the two. Motivation and Inspiration are almost exactly the opposite from each other. Motivation means to provide a motive, to incite, to induce and to impel. It is coercive. Motivation is the fundamental theory on which we have built our leadership thinking. Think about politics. Vote for me or the bad guys will get you. This is a motivational statement. Think about Marketing. Buy my product or you will be ugly. Think about religion. Join my religion or you will go to hell. Inspiration on the other hand from the latin spirare, meaning spirit, to affect, guide, or arouse by divine influence; to fill with enlivening or exalting emotion, to animate; a divine influence upon human beings, to give life, the breath of God. Thats not the same thing. It's a whole different idea, a whole different order of thinking than motivation. Inspiration is an act of love for another person. It is an act of service. It is a gift. It is something we give to others without a need of anything of our own. Show less
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