Let your actions inspire.
Many people have a very parochial definition of what leadership is. It is defined in terms of your actions, and what they inspire. If your actions inspire people to dream for better things, if your actions inspire people to learn more, if your actions motivate people to become more active and do more, or if your actions inspire people to improve themselves, then you are a leader.
We should inspire other people to dream bigger and achieve greater. Anytime you talk about values, about identity (either the corporate identity or each person’s identity), and about long-term goals, your intent – whether you know it or not – is to inspire.
But what you care about is how your action inspires others you work with to make a difference in their community.
Motivation is about moving people to act in a way that achieves a specific and immediate goal. When you are motivating people to do something they may not necessarily want to do, you have to offer them something they want in return.
Inspiration, on the other hand, involves changing the way people think and feel about themselves so that they want to take positive actions. It taps into people’s values and desires.