Is inspiration something that comes from the outside or within? What inspires you and engages your mind and spirit? I’ve been thinking a lot about that when speaking at events and delivering training.
Does inspiration come to you when you focus and pay attention? Or does a big energetic source, like a powerful person, have to be there to inspire you?
The more I think about it the more I’m convinced that inspiration comes to us when we open our minds and let it in. Exactly how that happens is hard to explain, but it’s often a result of meaningful interactions with others.
I heard another professional speaker say that we are all inspiration junkies and just want more and more and more of the ‘drug of inspiration’. There is new inspiration everywhere, do you agree?
In today’s world, where more and more people are getting depressed and burned out what matters then? I also just read in a report that the most common reason for sick leave in Sweden is mental illness.
Will all these inspiring messages matter then?
I’m not sure they will.
What I think will matter more is people who care. People who know how to share ideas in an inspiring way. People who can help you believe in yourself. Engaged leaders.
Let’s hope the next leadership trend will be to learn more about the rules of true engagement?
According to research by Gallup in the US only 30% of all managers are engaged at work.
Here are key fact from the research:
- 51% of managers are not engaged; 14% are actively disengaged
- Disengaged managers create disengaged employees
- Only 30% of U.S. workers are engaged
Another term for the magic of engagement could be ‘one-to-one leadership’, or ‘small team leadership’.
If so many are suffering from mental fatigue due to bad leadership and too much information, the way you share your message and communicate are more important than ever.
What we need to do is to choose more wisely what we focus on and we need to start paying more attention to what we listen to. Another factor that will improve your mental state is to recognize what disengage you at work and in life. Personal insights and knowing what you can do to make things better is always helpful.
To feel good in both mind and body we need to stay connected to our own ideas and ourselves, and we must connect with the people we have around us at work to create a job that is meaningful.
Disengaged managers create disengaged teams. And we can all imagine what this is doing to productivity, creativity and profit.
And a final question, is our need for new inspiration a substitution of engaged leadership?
My next challenge is to learn more about mindfulness and I recommend you google ‘mark williams mindfulness youtube’ and you will find some of his interesting talks.
Thank you for reading, Sofie.
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From the Gallup research Only 35% of U.S. Managers Are Engaged in Their Jobs