Five Ways Leaders Can Create Joy and Inspiration for Their Teams

  1. Actively seek inspiration

Actively pursue opportunities to feed your mind, your body, and especially your soul.  Just like successful athletes who master their craft, they don’t get there by accident.  They wake up every single day with a thirst and hunger to become their very best.  They not only eat the right foods to get proper nutrition, they also feed their mind.  

Successful leaders do the same.  

It’s amazing how when you actively seek inspiration, you become an inspiration to other people

  1. Share inspiration

When people receive an email, link, or text message from their leader to check out something another brand or leader is doing, it communicates, “Hey, I’m thinking about you. Hope this inspires you as much as it inspired me! Let’s connect about it soon. I’d love to hear your thoughts.”   

This is a great opportunity to inspire them with a story, and another way to make them feel important. All because you shared the story with them, personally.  

  1. Create inspiration by delivering memorable experiences

Stories inspire, especially when they’re shared in meaningful ways. The only thing better than an inspiring story is an inspiring experience. There’s a reason the travel and tourism industry is one of the world’s largest, with a global economic contribution north of 7.6 trillion U.S. dollars. 

According to the National Restaurant Association, overall 2019 annual revenues in the restaurant industry in America were projected to be $863 Billion. According to, revenue generated from amusement parks and theme parks in 2016 was around $20.49 Billion. 

So, whether it’s travel, going out for a meal, or spending the day at a theme park …

… it’s safe to say people love experiences!

Leaders who lead with hospitality understand this, and actively seek ways to provide their teams with experiences that will inspire them. 

It doesn’t have to be elaborate, however it must be experiential. For example, simply taking someone out of their day-to-day environment and allowing them to spend time with another team, or in a different location, can be an experience which inspires the thoughts and actions you want to inspire.  

  1. Be an inspiration with their own words and actions

If you set clear expectations and help with setting lofty, yet attainable goals, lead by example.  You go first.  

When leaders do the things they’ve asked their teams to do, it’s a B12 shot right to the hearts and minds of their team.  When leaders take action, their teams take action.  

5.  Create meaningful work

Make it meaningful for them, utilizing one, a few, or all the lead with hospitality tactics. If it seems daunting to put all of these into action – acceptance, empathy, service, kindness, encouragement, significance, gracefulness, effective coaching, inspiration; choose only one at a time to focus on each day, week, or month. 

Have a great day.

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