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22 Videos That Will Inspire Greatness In Your Life

22 Videos That Will Inspire Greatness In Your Life

You can`t deny the effect of a motivational video on someone`s mood.

Right below are the 22 most inspiring videos on the web.

Enjoy them.

Motivational videos that will inspire greatness in you

1.The one armed Yankee

To be the United States` top amateur athlete, an Olympic gold medalist, play for one of the best baseball teams in the world and score a No-Hitter.

It`s already hard for the two handed, but Jim Abbott did it with only one.

2.The one foot landing

In 1996, the US gymnastic team was one step away from winning their first Olympic gold medal if only could the 18 year old Kerri Strug finish her last vault.

For Kerri, a former Olympic bronze medalist it was like taking a candy from a baby, just sprint, jump and land safely.

She could even do it with both eyes closed if only she was fit.

With a twisted ankle, Kerri has to sprint down the runway, jump off the spring board, fly spinning through the air and stick the landing…. All on one foot.

She could quit and nobody would blame her, but she chose to fight, and she won her moment of life.

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3.The Art of winning

“I said I was the greatest before I ever could be” Muhammad Ali

In almost every competition, the side who has the winning edge will end up winning and Muhammad Ali knows that.

It is a fact that hard work pays off, but when there is a small difference between competitors, the side who is mentally stronger will always win.

Muhammad Ali, Usain Bolt, Michael Schumacher, Yelena Isinbayeva, Michael Jordan, LA Lakers, Manchester Utd, Real Madrid, Barcelona and the Yankees…. They don`t just win, they Dominate, why?

Because they win it in their minds before it starts, they win their game it mentally.

They are champions and champions win before they even play

4.Even when you are down, you still have something

You will always have something that can pull you up, anytime, anywhere. Even if you`re a homeless, or an ex drug addict. You will always have it.

Just like this man.

5.BOUNCE

You win by the times you bounce back when you hit the floor, that`s when you expect nothing but victory.

6.With the right motive, you can do miracles

What are the odds for a basketball player (pro or amateur) to hit a game with a goal in mind of scoring +60 points?

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Chris Paul scored 61 points to honor the death of his 61 year old grandfather who was shot prior this high school game.

 7.You are supposed to fail

Everybody fails, you just either accept it, or beat it and get something out of it.

Failure is inevitable, but you have the power not to allow it to become your destiny…

It`s only when you don`t quit.

8.Doctors said he can`t, but who cares about doctors

Simply watch this video

9.The woman who proved that age is just a number

At 47 and and looks like this, it`s easy to judge this lady, only if you mute this video

10.You don`t have to win to gain respect

This race was his last hope to get an Olympic medal, but he got injured mid-race which meant that the 27 year old British runner Derek Redmond will no longer be able to achieve his dream (at 31, it`s too hard for a runner to win a 400m Olympic race).

But despite his torn hamstring, Derek insisted to finish the race with the help of his father creating one of the most remembered moments in the history of the Olympic Games.

11.Thirty seconds to flexibility

The art of fitting in.

Legendary martial artist Bruce Lee talking about the most powerful element on earth.

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12.The best comeback in the history of football

On May 2005 Liverpool and AC.Milan met on the UEFA champions league final match.

In a winner takes all game, the English team was a 3 goals behind only 45 minutes after the game starts, but with the help of their captin Steven Gerard, liverpool players scored 3 consecutive goals within only 20 minutes from the beginning of the second half, leading the game to a penalty shootout which they won by 3-0 securing their fifth champions league cup and making one of the best comebacks of the history of football.

13.Fear is just an illusion

This guy describes how he managed to get rid of his fear of public speaking

14.The best revenge is Massive success

Family comes first, and you must appreciate your old man …..

We all know that, but this man looks like he`s got something to prove.

The moral behind this:

Close your mouth and your work will shut them all.

15.Inch by inch, play by play till you finish

You can`t imagine how an extra step can do… Al Pacino knows it

16.You can always do more

The best explanation to Al Pacino`s speech.

One of the most inspirational scenes you can find in a movie.

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17.Greatness is Kindness

Here`s something to encourage you do some good.

The power of kindness

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKyh2ugjiE4

18.Insights from the funniest man on earth

Here is someone`s comment about this video:

“Really impressive speech from Jim Carrey. Definitely worth watching from 10 mins on. Have always enjoyed his comedy, but am even more impressed with his insights.”

19.You got a dream, you gotta protect it

Will Smith with the best advice a dad can give to his own son.

Don`t ever let somebody tell you you can`t do something…

20.This how coaches should be

I wish I had a coach like this man, one of the greatest speeches ever.

21.You are not a loser until you believe so

From a perceived loser to the best marketer ever been born… Steve Jobs shares his life story at Stanford

22.Can`t end without mentioning this video

The  Italian stallion Rocky Balboa shares his wisdom about life and success.

A video you can`t stop seeing.

Featured photo credit: shutterbugamar/ via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 15, 2019

How to Be a Leader Who Is Inspiring and Influential

How to Be a Leader Who Is Inspiring and Influential

When I began managing people 15 years ago, I thought having a fancy title was synonymous with influence. Over time, I learned that power is conferred based on likeability, authenticity, courage, relationships and consistent behavior. When leaders cultivate these attributes, they earn power, which really means influence.

Understanding influence is essential to professional growth, and companies rise and fall based on the quality of their leadership.

In this article, we will look into the essentials of effective leadership and how to be a leader who is inspiring and influential.

What Makes a Leader Fail?

A host of factors influence a leader’s ability to succeed. To the extent that leaders fail to outline a compelling vision and strategy, they risk losing the trust and confidence of their teams. Employees want to know where a company is going and the strategy for how they will get there. Having this information enables employees to feel safe, and it allows them to see mistakes as part of the learning journey versus as fatal occurrences.

If employees and customers do not believe a company’s leadership is authentic and inspiring, they may disengage, or they may be less inclined to offer constructive criticism that can help a company innovate or help a leader improve.

And it is not just the leadership at the top that matters. Middle managers play a distinct role in guiding teams. Depending on the company’s size, employees may have more access to mid-level managers than they do members of the C-suite, meaning their supervisors and managers have greater influence on the employee and the customer experience.

What Is Effective Leadership?

Effective leadership is inspiring, and it is influential. Cultivating inspiring and influential leaders requires building relationships across the company.

Leaders must be connected to both the teams they lead as well as to their own colleagues and managers. This is key as titles do not make a person a leader, nor do they automatically confer influence. These are earned through trusting relationships. This explains why some leaders can get more out of their teams than others and why some leaders experience soaring profits and engagement while others sizzle out.

Eric Garton said in an April 25, 2017, Harvard Business Review article:[1]

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“… inspiring leaders are those who use their unique combination of strengths to motivate individuals and teams to take on bold missions – and hold them accountable for results. And they unlock higher performance through empowerment, not command and control.”

How to Be an Inspiring and Influential Leader

To be an inspiring and influential leader requires:

1. Courage

The late poet Maya Angelou once said,

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.”

Courage is required in the workplace when implementing new strategies, especially when they go against professional norms.

For instance, I heard Lisa TerKeurst, bestselling author and founder of Proverbs 31 Ministries, explain her decision to move away from her company’s magazine. While the organization had long had a magazine, she saw a future where it didn’t exist.

In order to make the switch, she risked angering her team members and customers. She took a chance, and what started out as a monthly newsletter, has grown into a multi-dimensional organization boasting half a million followers. Had Lisa not found the courage to change the direction of her organization, they undoubtedly would not have been able to experience such exponential growth.

It also takes courage to give and receive feedback. When leaders see employees who are not living into the company’s mission or who are engaging in behavior that may undermine their long-term success, one must risk temporary angst and speak candidly with the colleague in question.

Similarly, it takes courage to hear constructive criticism and try to change. In business, as in life, courage is necessary for being an inspiring and influential leader.

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2. A Commitment to Face Your Internal Demons.

If you feel great about yourself, enter a leadership position. You are likely to be triggered in ways you didn’t think possible. You are also likely to receive feedback that may leave you second-guessing yourself and your leadership skills.

The truth about leading others is that you get to a point where you realize that it is difficult to take people to places where you yourself haven’t gone.

To be an influential and inspiring leader, you have to face your own demons and vow to continually improve. Influential leaders take their personal evolution serious, and they invest in coaching, therapy and mindfulness to ensure that their personal struggles do not overshadow their professional development.

3. A Willingness to Accept Feedback

Inspiring and influential leaders are not afraid to accept feedback. In fact, they actively solicit it. They understand that everyone in their life has a lesson to teach them, and they are willing to accept it.

Inspirational leaders understand that feedback is neither good nor bad but rather an offering that is critical to growth. Even when it hurts or is an affront to the ego, influential leaders understand that feedback is critical to their ability to lead.

4. Likability

Some people will argue that leaders need not worry about being liked but should instead focus on being respected. I disagree. Both are important.

When team members like their boss and believe their boss likes them, they are more likely to go the extra mile to fulfill departmental or organizational goals. Likable leaders are moved to the front of the line when it comes to being influential.

Relatedly, when colleagues feel management dislikes them, they experience internal stress and can spend unnecessary time focusing on the source of their manager’s discontent versus the work they have been hired to do.

So, likability is important for both the leader and the people she leads.

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5. Vulnerability

Vulnerability is critical for being an inspiring leader. People want the truth. They admire leaders who can occasionally demonstrate vulnerability. It promotes deeper relationships and inspires trust.

When leaders can showcase vulnerability appropriately, they destroy the illusion that one must be perfect to be a leader. They also demonstrate that vulnerability is not a dirty word; they too can be vulnerable and ask for a helping hand when necessary.

6. Authenticity

Authenticity is about living up to one’s stated values in public and behind closed doors.

Influential leaders are authentic. They set to live out their values and use those values to guide their decisions. The interesting thing about leadership is that people are not looking for perfect leaders. They are, in part, looking for leaders who are authentic.

7. A True Understanding of Inspiration

Effective leaders are inspirational. They understand the power of words and deeds and use both strategically.

Inspiring leaders appropriately use stories and narratives to enable the teams around them to see common situations in an entirely new light.

Inspirational leaders also showcase grit and triumph while convincing the people around them that success and victory are attainable.

Finally, inspiring leaders encourage the teams they lead to tap into their own genius. They convince others that genius is not reserved for a select few but that most people have it in them.

As explained in the article True Leadership: What Separates a Leader from a Boss:

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“A leader creates visions and motivates team members to work together towards the same goal.”

8. An Ability to See the Humanity in Others

Inspiring and influential leaders see the humanity in others. Rather than treating their teams as mere tools to accomplish organizational goals, they believe the people around them are unique beings with inherent value.

This means knowing when to pause to address personal challenges and dispelling with the myth that the personal is separate from the professional.

9. A Passion for Continual Learning

Inspiring and influential leaders are committed to continual learning. They invest in their own development and take responsibility for their professional growth.

These leaders understand that like a college campus, the workplace is a laboratory for learning. They believe that they can learn from multiple generations in the workplace as well as from people from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Influential leaders proactively seek out opportunities for learning.

The Bottom Line

No one said leadership was easy, but it is also a joy. Influencing others to action and positively impacting the lives of others is a reward unto itself.

Since leadership abounds, there is an abundance of resources to help you grow into the type of leader who inspires and influences others.

More Resources About Effective Leadership

Featured photo credit: Markus Spiske via unsplash.com

Reference

[1] Harvard Business Review: How to Be an Inspiring Leader

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