Small acts of inspiration
The ability to inspire others is one of the qualities we’d put high on the list for great leaders. Inspiration elevates, motivates, builds engagement, prompts positive action.
And inspiration comes in many different forms. That may be painting a compelling vision of the future. Or successfully and elegantly steering the organisation through challenging times. Or acting with integrity however difficult the situation or tempting the short cut. Or helping others connect with their dreams and aspirations. Or a simple thank you for a job well done.
Some things that inspire then are big picture. Others are seemingly small acts that can go unnoticed, yet they can have a big impact.
Take Jimmy Broadbent. His work is mowing grass and he loves his job. Recently he shared a picture of a field in which he had just cut the grass creating the striped surface we often see at elite sports stadia. “It might only be a council field next to the tip,” he tweeted, “but to the kids round here playing football it’s Wembley. So I always cut it like it is.”
In a world where we seem somewhat short on inspiration at the moment this story stands out as an example of how, with thought and intention, we can transform the mundane routine of our day-to-day into something that may inspire others.
So, when we think about our own ‘to do’ list we need to be thinking about our opportunities to connect with others’ aspirations and motivations and how we have the possibility to inspire them. Bringing our attention and intention to each task so that it transforms the reality of others. In doing so we’ll be doing our best service for them and helping create a more inspiring climate for all, including, most likely, ourselves.