Day 12 – You can’t motivate anyone

Oct 26, 2016

21 Days of Leadership

Simon Sinek said it best in his book Start With Why

“Great companies don’t hire skilled people and motivate them, they hire already motivated people and inspire them. People are either motivated or they are not. Unless you give motivated people something to believe in, something bigger than their job to work toward, they will motivate themselves to find a new job and you’ll be stuck with whoever’s left.”

Makes sense right? We would all love to have a team of motivated people! And yet I know this isn’t true for many business owners.

There are two reasons why business owners struggle to find motivated people.

First, you don’t believe that they exist. Or that you will be able to find them.

I was talking with a business owner yesterday about hiring and he said “I want to hire rock stars but most of the people out there aren’t at the level I’m looking for.”

He’s right. Not everyone is going to be a rock star. Not everyone is going to be motivated.

How do you attract the best people? Be the best leader. Believe that there are great people out there and do everything you can to create an opportunity that will attract the best.

Second, you don’t know how to lead them.

Motivation needs to be met by inspiration. And if you aren’t a great leader you won’t be able to inspire great people. And then they will leave.

Motivated people need to be met by great leaders.

Hiring a motivated person doesn’t mean you get to wash your hands of them, setting them off on their own to ‘take care of things’ without your input. It doesn’t mean you have a team that leaves you alone so you can just do what you want to do.

That’s abdication – not leadership.

Be real with yourself. How strong of a leader are you right now? Where do you need to develop your leadership skills so that you can attract and keep the best people?

Work on yourself to become a rock star leader and you will naturally start to find rock star people.

I’m gathering together a group of women for my new LEAD Mastermind – where we are going to explore this and the other facets of leadership. Message me if you are curious to learn more.

Simon Sinek

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