In his 1944 book, The Technique of Building Personal Leadership, Donald Laird developed and outlined a model to help people build their personal magnetism. Through the way that we behave in groups or as leaders, we can either positively or negatively affect those around us.
We often do not think about the motivation of others, but this connection between people who work closely together can be greatly influenced by each member. Therefore, if one person has a negative attitude, it can bring the motivation level of the team down or even destroy it.
In the same regard, a team member with a magnetic personality can charge up the group and bring a wave of motivation to the collective, inspiring everyone around them.
Donald Laird explained his model as follows:
Use hand gestures when speaking to garnish attention to what you’re saying. Use emphasis on key words.
“I’m glad to meet you, Mr. Smith”
“I’m GLAD to meet you, Mr. SMITH”
This motto explains it well, “Wasting your own time is foolish, but wasting another’s is theft.”
Being brave doesn’t always mean that you have courage, it just means that you’re willing to act it out. Every time you pretend to be brave and act it out, you actually begin to accrue real courage for future circumstances. What we pretend long enough, begins to become our reality.
Moral courage holds the same value as being brave in circumstances where your wellbeing is at risk. Moral courage can motivate you to stand up and speak out when you witness an injustice or find a cause you believe in and want to make an impact on. Be fearless in your actions, but also in your words.
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