As I was thinking and reflecting on how I and most everyone feels around me, how morale at this time is little low, and then I thought about how this phrase from one of my favorite mentors of all time says, “Leadership is Influence, Nothing More, Nothing Less” -John Maxwell.
Earl Nightingale stated, “Morale cannot be raised, it is filtered from the top”. At first I was shocked, because I spend a lot of time trying to boost morale in my teams, family, even in myself.
Morale is the confidence, enthusiasm, and discipline of a person or group at a particular time… and he says that this in a sense “cannot be raised”. So what am I doing? I had to listen to it again. “Morale cannot be raised, it is filtered from the top”. Now I understand a lot more. Here is my thought on this.
Who is trying to do the raising of morale? Usually The Leadership. Who is morale filtered down FROM? That’s right, The Leadership. As John Maxwell stated, “Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less”. This influence does not care if it is positive nor negative, it is whatever within you. When we think of leadership we think about the people above us, but I want you to think about this. We are all the heads of our own company. The job you hold is just a sponsor for your company, in which you happen to barter your services to fund your company. You may be the only employee, or you may have a team, (a real team or just your family) but the way you feel sets the tone for the people under you. It’s filtered from the top.
Motivation will be the key for your morale.
- What motivates you?
- How do you motivate yourself to accomplish big things?
- Knowing what you now know, what can you do to lift morale in your company?