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Summary: The best leadership is motivational. But author contends that most leaders misunderstand motivation. In this two part article, he describes four laws of motivation that will help you be a better motivational leader.
The Four Laws Of Leadership. (Part One) by Brent Filson
Leadership is motivational or it's stumbling in dark. After all, isn't it more effective to have people want to go from point A to point B instead of to be ordered to go from A to B?
The ability to instill "want to" in others, to motivate them, marks difference between average leaders and great leaders.
But many leaders misunderstand true meaning of motivation. And if you misunderstand its meaning, you can't make it happen. Break laws, and you'll fail to motivate people. Or you may motivate them -- but motivate them against you.
Here are four "laws" of motivation that you must adhere to if you want to consistently motivate people to get great results.
First, let's be clear about what motivation is. The word derives from Latin root "to move." Motivation involves movement; yet Latin root indicates it's not just movement but also "that which triggers movement." Don't get me wrong. I'm not counting angels on head of a pin. This subtle double meaning in very root of word motivation represents a manifest leadership lesson for you.
This lesson can be understood within context of four laws of motivation.
Law 1. Motivation is physical action. Note that first two letters of word are first two letters of words such as "motor", "movement", "momentum", "motion". Those words denote physical action. Motivation isn't what people think or feel but what they physically do. Furthermore, it is not simply engaging in physical action but also preparing for physical action. In other words, there is action and also that which triggers action.