16 Aug, 2019

What does Archimedes know about leadership?

“Give me a place to stand and a lever long enough and I will move the Earth”

So said Archimedes in 250BC (or thereabouts). Even 2000 years ago, the idea of ‘force multipliers’ was understood and their power to make massive change appreciated.

A Force Multiplier (according to Wikipedia) is used in military science as “a factor or a combination of factors that gives personnel or weapons (or other hardware) the ability to accomplish greater things than without it.”

They are tools which help you amplify your effort to produce more output. A hammer is a force multiplier as too is that ancient power-tool, the lever.

In business though, the most amazing force multiplier of them all is an inspiring leader.

A Gallup poll from a few years ago asked people whether their leader made them feel enthusiastic about the future. Of those who said yes, 69% went on to say they felt engaged in their work and were more involved and excited about what they were doing.

Those whose leader did not make them feel enthusiastic about the future, only 1% were committed and energised at work.

We have all seen the detrimental effects of disengaged team members and their impact on a business a team and on themselves. They not only fail to make a meaningful contribution, they also undermine the hard work of others, and are likely to be less physically and mentally healthy than those around them. They are far less likely to remain with the business in the long term which might be seen as an advantage in some ways but excessive turnover is seldom good for morale or business stability.

When people have a leader who inspire them about the future, they are more committed to their work. Team members feel hopeful and are more committed and productive as a result. An inspiring leader amplifies the effort of their team to produce more output – the very definition of a force multiplier.

This is what I am doing in organisations and through my coaching work. I am inspiring people to be better than their best and to inspire everyone around them – creating a force multiplier of ‘being the example.’This is resulting in  more innovative and productive people, who feel valued and supportive.

To find out more order a copy of my book Inspirators: Leading the way in leadership at www.inspirators.me

 

 

 

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