Updated on February 23, 2017
Motivational Speakers and Leadership
Motivational speakers have one basic purpose: to motivate people into making positive changes in their lives. One great example of a positive change is turning an ordinary bland person into an exceptional leader admired by millions.
Motivational speakers, due to their nature, are in essence leaders themselves. They embody the essence of the root word “lead”. This word is synonymous with showing others the way, influencing them, and guiding them to the intended direction. By breaking down each of those definitions, one can see how motivational speakers act as leaders and compel people into becoming leaders themselves.
By showing others the way, the speakers act as teachers
They teach people the essentials of great leadership. They stress that being a leader is better than being a boss. Leaders are on a never-ending quest of learning, and they must know new tricks as time passes. The speakers must also act this way, adapting to the fast-changing times and keeping abreast of leadership trends that occur in both the public and private sectors. As John F. Kennedy says, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”
By influencing others, the speakers bequeath the procedures needed to lead an honorable and dignified life that is expected of a true leader and a good role model. This honor and dignity will then be trickled down to some members of the audience, who can then be inspired by the motivations the speaker gives and turn them into guideposts for their future leadership plans.
One of the most important things for a true leader to preserve his/her honor and dignity is humility. Leaders are human, and they commit mistakes. If a leader admits to doing something wrong, he/she should admit it, apologize, and must not repeat that mistake. The followers will know that their leader has done something wrong and will swear not to commit it. A true leader should not withhold embarrassment just for the sake of saving face. A motivational speaker should also act this way – he can tell a story about his/her rough and troubled past before he/she has seen the light and changed for the better. Transformational stories are appropriate tools to positively influence future leaders.
By guiding others to the right direction, the speakers prevent potential leaders from repeating the mistakes past leaders made. They are here to straighten out common misconceptions about leadership. They emphasize that insanity is doing the same things over and over again while expecting different results – and therefore should not be emulated by an effective leader.
To make sure the right direction is trudged, the speaker must also listen to the voice of his/her audience. He/she should also remember that he/she was once a follower who had dreams of becoming a leader. While listening to the voice of the people is good, an effective leader should also sort out the legitimate voices from useless noise. There are people who can never be satisfied with any type of leadership, and not everybody can be pleased. In effect, there must be a mutual relationship between the leader and his/her followers – and between the motivational speaker and his/her audience.
A motivational speaker should also be mindful of balance just like a true leader should. There is a reason for the term “silk hiding steel”. A good leader may look and sound compassionate on the outside; but when it comes to serious matters, there is an equal amount of strictness, cunning, and indomitable will to straighten out an erring follower.
In conclusion, motivational speakers can compel people to take up the mantle of leadership. Great leadership begets great followers, and some of those great followers can turn into great leaders in the future. This is what is called “paying it forward”.
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