Create discontentment to inspire your people continually

… Dan continued, “I should stretch and challenge my team to aim high beyond what they normally think they can achieve.”

“That sounds a great plan,” Rafael complimented. And further pointed out, “Showing their people what they might have ignored or undermined, and pointing them to see their many other untapped talents is the prime responsibility of leaders. Most importantly, motivational leaders are those who provide opportunities that allow their people to push their limit and achieve extraordinary results by tapping into their hidden talents. Once their people see that they can push themselves beyond the limits they themselves put in place, they keep on pushing to achieve more.”

If leaders don’t create discontentment and motivate their people to aim high, chances are high that they may settle for less. One of my favorite motivational speakers, Les Brown famously remarked, “Most people fail in life not because they aim too high and miss, but because they aim too low and hit.” Andrew Carnegie, a self-motivated steel tycoon who was considered as one of the richest people of 19th century lamented, “People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.”

Steve Jobs was one of such leaders. In the 1980s, a self-inspired co-founder of Apple used to motivate his team by constantly reminding them why they were there. He was quoted as saying, “We’re here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise, why even be here.” He created discontentment within his original team members. Rather than thinking that they were there to come up with another kind of computer, they felt that they were there to change the world for good. And surely, they put a huge dent in the universe and left a legacy…

Taken from page 172 of the book ‘Soft Skills That Make or Break Your Success: 12 soft skills to master self, get along with, and lead others.’


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