Learn from The Beatles: Leadership that Motivates creates Rock Star Teams & Raving Fans
It seems Strawberry Fields do go on Forever ‘coz everyone on planet earth knows who The Beatles are regardless of age, culture or geographic location.
Speaking to an association of accountants recently, I was amazed, once again, at how their legend lives on. There was a 20 year old woman in the audience who knew all the words to Yellow Submarine (which is part of my presentation) as did the Gen X’ers who also sang along. Way cool.
What was it about The Beatles that attracted millions of fans all over the world?
First off, they had a unique sound. They stood out from the crowd with their vocal harmonies and simple melodies that created memorable music to sing along to.
Secondly, they worked well together as a team. They played off each other’s strengths and collaborated to make the most of them.
Third and most importantly, they were motivated to be the best because they were passionate about their music. Passion is the beginning of all success. Passion fuels motivation to develop the discipline, focus and commitment to do whatever it takes for however long it takes.
So how does this relate to you in the work place?
All leadership begins with self leadership. Ultimately, we’re all leaders because we each have the power to control the attitude and behavior of at least one person – ourselves. Great managers create the kind of environment where employees are inspired to motivate themselves to do their best work. That means listening to people and making them feel valued, appreciating their efforts, being approachable, encouraging career goals and keeping an open mind.
I call it Likable Leadership. When people like you, they WANT to follow you vs HAVE to.
People followed The Beatles because they were likable. They represented the boys-next-door that made it big. They were unpretentious, down-to-earth and expressed genuine appreciation for all their fans.
She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah…!