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March 26, 2015

How to Create an Enthusiastic Team

Last fall during our EntreLeadership Master Series event, I had the opportunity to coach 12 entrepreneurs and small-business leaders from all over the country. As I sat knee-to-knee with these leaders, I noticed something. They all told me some version...

Last fall during our EntreLeadership Master Series event, I had the opportunity to coach 12 entrepreneurs and small-business leaders from all over the country.

As I sat knee-to-knee with these leaders, I noticed something. They all told me some version of how they wanted a passionate, excited team—but they didn’t know how to achieve that. Their teams didn’t enjoy coming to work every day. They were tired, frustrated and defeated.

As they described their teams to me, I saw something:

They were describing themselves.

They sat in front of me, shoulders slumped, and spoke with exasperation. I could tell that these leaders were like their employees—tired, frustrated and defeated.

When each leader finished sharing, I asked them a few questions in the exact same wording they had just used to describe their teams.

Do you enjoy coming to work every day?

Are you passionate about your work?

Are you excited about your mission?

They stared at me with a new awareness as they all answered no.

See, as a leader, passion and enthusiasm aren’t optional for you. Even if you aren’t feeling it, you have to dig deeper and find a way to muster it up.

If your team isn’t excited, it’s because you’re not. If your team isn’t passionate, it’s because you’re not.

They will model you as the leader, so you can’t expect them to demonstrate qualities that you don’t have. You cannot lead others to where you are not.

For example, take this video of our leader, Dave Ramsey.

Sure, it’s easy to be excited when you’re in the middle of giving an unbelievable gift to your 450-person team. But I can tell you from honest experience, he’s like this every day. He’s passionate about our mission, excited about our initiatives, and on fire for our future. He leads with fanatical enthusiasm in everything we do.

And as a result, he has 450 excited people all around him.

If you want an excited team, start with you.

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