Leadership Qualities: A Reason to Fight…

CREED Final Fight 2015 (3/3) DopeClips

Effective leaders find the reason to fight and motivate others with it.

No one ever said that achieving your goals was going to be easy.  Not when there are so many obstacles stacked against you and you have to keep navigating choppy waters, hilly terrain and surviving ambush from predators who already inhabit the space.  But, when you are in the middle of the fight of your life, you don’t want to hear platitudes that say, “Don’t worry. It’s going to be alright.”  You want a commander or a coach who will tell you to dig inside of yourself and find the courage and strength that you need to press on.

That’s exactly what Rocky and Adonis Creed did for each other as Adonis fought the greatest battle of his life to prove himself a man, to prove that he had purpose, and to fight for all those who needed to believe enough to fight again.  He told him,

“Bring back everything that’s ever hurt you, all the pain you have inside; everything that’s ever held you back, put it in both fists and I want you to drive it through his body.  And, I promise you, his head will fall.”

(From “CREED Final Fight 2015,” 2017, 1:38-1:49 mins.).

Motivation can be understood simply as our reason or desire for doing something.  But, take a closer look at psychologist, Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs theory.  You might be surprised to find out that motivation can be viewed in a progressive or expansive way, from the most basic physiological needs to the most complex mental needs of a sense of belonging and ultimately self-actualization.

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

As we hit the middle of January 2020, we have to find the motivation to stick to our individual and collective goals for 2020.  We have to take small (and sometimes bigger) steps to accomplish what we desire for ourselves, for our cities and the world.  

I don’t know about you, but when we were growing up, we were told by our elders that the only place where “success” comes before “work,” is in the dictionary. It is still true today!  Be it at school or at work.  

And, effective business leaders know this.  They use the principles found in Herzberg’s Two-Factor Theory to motivate their team to success.  Take a few minutes and watch the video below.  You will see that workers, once they have a job, will not simply work for pay.  They work for higher needs like increased responsibility, meaningful contribution, as well as achievement and recognition.  The progressive nature of motivation is seen through the fact that pay, working conditions and effective supervision and policies, although necessary, are not powerful enough to motivate individuals.  

Motivation Theory: Herzberg (Two-Factor Theory)

Success requires focus.  It requires a deep understanding of self and others.  So, it means that your greatest motivation will not be external (extrinsic) but internal (intrinsic).  Ask Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi who made his life’s work trying to discover the cause of true happiness.  Faced with adversity in his childhood, he became a

“prisoner during World War II, and he witnessed the pain and suffering of the people around him during this time. As a result, he developed a curiosity about happiness and contentment.” 

(Oppland, 2019; https://positivepsychology.com/mihaly-csikszentmihalyi-father-of-flow/). 

As he strove to find the root of happiness and contentment, he searched the annals of art, philosophy, religion and finally stumbled upon psychology after attending a lecture by Carl Jung.  Now, we have his cumulative work in the concept of flow, which is a state “where self-consciousness is lost, one surrenders completely to the moment, and time means nothing (Csikszentmihalyi, 2013).”

Can I ask you a question? What makes you forget about time?  What captivates you and keeps your attention for hours, though difficult, you are completely at peace as you focus on the task at hand?  Find the answer to that question, and you will find your reason to fight for your life, and for others, throughout 2020.

Until next time, read more about motivation in previous Crystal Clear Vision by Dr. Keisha blogs: “Want to Improve Brain Function?  Get Up and Get Moving!” (https://crystalclearvisionblog.com/2017/07/13/want-to-improve-brain-function-get-up-and-get-moving/); and, “Leadership Qualities: Sustainable Growth through Proposing Incentives.”  (https://crystalclearvisionblog.com/2019/09/02/leadership-qualities-sustainable-growth-through-proposing-incentives/).  Also, visit http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/KeishaAMitchellPhD .  

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