Sometimes we underestimate the power of emotion and how it influences people.  This could be a well used frustration that leads to a cool stern tone that motivates a change in a child at home or a passionate story that brings a tear to the eye of audience of people at work. Emotion is the energy source behind leaders who inspire sports teams, work environments, and our homes. Emotions, when used appropriately, draw the best out of others and have the power to impact:

  1. How a leader connects with a team.
  2. How the people around us feel.
  3. How productive others will be.

Looking to motivate your team, employees, or organization? Try to find a way to important a little passion through emotion through a powerful story. But use emotion and stories well, because it can either motivate or demotivate your team. Hear the passion and emotion of Paul’s heart below as he motivates the Philippian disciples.

Philippians 3:7-11 —

But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.