Good leaders inspire people to have confidence in their leadership. Great leaders inspire people to have confidence in themselves.
The founder of the national speaker association headquartered in Tempe, Arizona, Cavett Robert said…
About 3 billion people go to bed hungry.
About 4 billion people go to bed every night hungry for a word of affirmation and encouragement. Make sure it is not your wife, husband, children, grandchildren, members of your staff or associates. Only you can decide that.
Everyone has big dreams, hopes, aspirations and mountains to climb. Be the person who encourages them with a word of praise, affirmation be the inspiration that people need.
I am reminded of the Rogers & Hammerstein blockbuster classic, the Sound of Music starring Julie Andrews in the role of Maria. The movie was released on March 2, 1965 and over the years became the #3 highest grossing Canadian picture of all time, winning 5 Academy Awards.
As you well know the movie is based on the true life story of the von Trapp Family singers. Part way through the movie Maria returns to the convent she was studying to be a nun, the Mother Superior called her in to her study recognizing that she may have fallen in love with the Captain, played by Christopher Plumber.When asked if she loved him Maria said – “ I don’t know” – but she did know.
Mother Superior turned to her window and sang “Climb Every Mountain.”
For me one of the most memorable songs in the movie & a lesson for all of us as we pursue our dreams and we need encouragement to scale those mountains.
In his book “Good to Great“James C. Collins writes, “Keep the Best Talent.”
Look, I don’t really know where we should take the bus.
If we get the right people on the bus, the right people in the right seat and the wrong people off the bus.
Then we’ll figure out how to take it someplace.
I can’t underestimate how important having the right people on board is to a successful organization.