How do leaders motivate those who are unmotivated?
We begin by asking a few simple questions.
1) Do the unmotivated know they are supposed to act?
2) Do they know how to perform these actions as expected?
3) When was the last time they were reminded?
4) Are the reasons clear why these actions are important, necessary, and valuable?
5) Are the guidelines clear of the consequences for not acting?
People are motivated in different ways.
We need a strategy that involves teaching others how to get from point A to point B. This is the first step in motivating the unmotivated.
Respect is often a two-way street, but the challenge involves earning respect.
A few simple ideas can help leaders earn respect.
Be dedicated to the Lord: Focus on Christ and make the souls of others a priority.
Be consistent: Posner and Kouzes say, “The video needs to match the audio.”
Love people: A deeper understanding of love might help us understand why it covers a multitude of sins.
We could argue whether respect is earned or demanded. However, applying a few simple principles to our leadership will answer the questions.
Why do more not lead? One of the top reasons involves the difficultly.
We have all heard, “If it were easy everyone would do it.” Well, it is not easy. At the same time, everyone is doing it. We all influence others. The question how do we influence them?
For good or evil?
To build on the rock or sand?
To walk in the light or darkness?
To be a sheep or a goat?
To live for Christ or against Him?
It is one tough job, but it is worth the effort.
Spiritual leadership should be based on a thought expressed by Harvey S. Firestone, “It is only as we develop others that we permanently succeed.”
We must equip and train others to lead. Who will replace you and me? Are we preparing them for the work?
From a worldly perspective, leadership is inward focused. One must be self-centered in order to make one’s own way. Robert Kennedy said, “People say I am ruthless. I am not ruthless. And if I find the man who is calling me ruthless, I shall destroy him.”
Jesus developed the apostles quite diffferently. The success of their work continues today and will throughout eternity.
The success of our leadership, and the future of the church, rests on developing others.
What do we believe and why do we believe it?
Amazingly, and getting straight to the point, when we believe something, we talk about it to others. We express why our belief is so strong. When we do not believe there seems to be no purpose.
Quoting from the Old Testament, Paul wrote to the church at Corinth, “I believe therefore I speak.”
We have opportunity to influence many people everyday. It is fundamental to leadership. Are we talking about what we believe? Do we speak because of the overwhelming nature of what we believe and why we believe it?
The power of communication allows us an avenue to share a belief system based on the evidence of truth. Make it count!
Remember when Jesus pointed out how the Pharisees and Sadducees were able to state the obvious regarding the signs of the weather, yet were blind to the signs from heaven?
Well, our leadership needs to be about both. We need an eye for the obvious, one in tune with the environment and present circumstances all around us.
However, we also need a vision for the future. We need to see where we are going and what it will take to get there.
No creative and crafty approach will produce the kind of spiritual leaders God needs today. We need leaders who know the way and can point people to it!
Someone has said, ”I do not know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”
No one wants to experience failure, and many do not lead because they are afraid to fail. If everyone had this attitude, where would we be spiritually? If no one had the courage to lead, even when difficult, what would happen to the church? We know it is impossible to please everyone. Therefore…
Lead with the Bible as the basis for all decisions.
Make decisions with confidence.
Communicate decisions clearly.
Express reasons why the decisions are made.
Understand not everyone will like or agree with all decisions and it’s okay.