Late May I spent three days with one of my most favourite communities; Thought Leaders
The power of this community is so strong you simply do not want to leave. The power force I’m referring to is better known as inspiration. Seth Godin sums this up beautifully;
“A tribe is a group of people connected to one another, connected to a leader, and connected to an idea. For millions of years, human beings have been part of one tribe or another. A group needs only two things to be a tribe: a shared interest and a way to communicate.”
Thought Leaders Business School ticks all the boxes above that Godin is referring to and it led me to think deeper about just how powerful the process of inspiration is in a community environment.
I asked myself who takes charge on inspiring a community of people? Where does this flicker of inspiration start?
As Godin suggests a community or tribe need to be connected to a leader and that person needs to have the vision and articulate the spark to set others alight.
It’s like when I witness great yoga teachers in the studio speak to students, often in difficult poses, holding for lengthy times and or asking them to go deeper into a pose, its a true demonstration of a teacher (leader) taking the class through a process of mentally stimulating them to feel something and take action. There is an art to this; timing, choice of words, metaphors for people to relate to, volume of voice, space and breath, demonstrations and encouragement and so much more. As a student, there is no way I would have the courage in my yoga practice to do what I do if I didn’t have a teacher inspiring me over the years.
In any type of community we find ourselves in, yes the spark comes from one individual, but it’s the roaring fire and energy from many that inspires us to take action and achieve colossal results. Inspiration drives results. As a leader in your life are you inspiring people by mentally stimulating them to take action?
I’ll leave you with this brief video of an entire town that secretly learns sign language to surprise their deaf neighbour. I wish I knew who was the one person that sparked this idea, then I rethink this, who cares, the results came from the many people that decided to do this act of kindness.
Go and Inspire