In Leadership, Identifying Dreams That Lead To Great Results

History teaches that when people needed to do great things, a leader first had to gather them together and speak from the heart. This heartfelt speech was often connected to defining and reinforcing a dream shared by both the leader and the people.


Drill down through goals and aims and aspirations and ambitions of the people you lead, and you’ll hit the bedrock of human motivation, the dream.


For instance, Martin Luther King did not say, “I have a goal.” Or “I have an aim.” The power of that speech was in the “I have a dream“.


A dream embraces our most cherished longings. It embodies our very identity. We often won’t feel fulfilled as human beings until we realize our dreams.


If leaders are not tapping into the power of people’s dreams, if leaders are simply setting goals (as important as goals are), they miss the best of opportunities to help those people take ardent action to achieve great results.


But what do people dream? How can we discover their dreams? After all, people usually won’t tell you what they dream until they trust you. They won’t trust you until they feel that you can help them attain their dreams. Knowing and sharing their dream can cement a deep, emotional bond between you.


Here are three things you can do to get at what people dream:
  1. Be helpful. 
  2. Be hopeful. 
  3. Be scarce.


Be helpful. Follow the Leadership Imperative: I will lead people in such a way that they not only achieve the results we need but they also become better as people and as leaders.

The relationships cultivated by the Imperative lend themselves to dream sharing and dream motivation.


Be hopeful: “Hope,” said Aristotle “is a waking dream”. Nobody wants to be associated with a leader who thinks the job can’t get done.


In the face of dire circumstances, there is usually hope to find and communicate.

A great leader I knew who consistently had people get more results faster, continually, had a refrain: “You may think you can’t meet the goals I set for you. But I believe in you and I believe you can and I’ll support you in every way possible so you can.”


That hopeful refrain had the power of a dream; and in the relationships he established, he was able to identify and share in their dreams.


Be scarce: Cultivate the art of being scarce. In other words, give them space to get results.

Use this art the way a homeopathy doctor prepares medicine by diluting drugs to produce symptoms in a healthy person similar to those of the full-blown disease.


The full-blown disease in this case is total scarcity — meaning the leader is never around. Not being there for the people can be a leadership pathology. After all, in the historical example, a leader had to gather people together — leader had to be with the people.

Many leaders are absent without leave. One secretary described her seldom seen CEO as follows: “He’s like Elvis — There are rumors of sightings of him. The only time we know he’s around is when we smell his pipe smoke.”


But being with the people can be a fault, if the people resent it. They may think you’re trying to micro-manage them or are snooping around trying to get the goods on them.


The art of being scarce is predicated on your giving them the space to do well. The coach of a great Arkansas basketball team said, “I don’t want to hamper them by coaching them.” Likewise, don’t hamper the people you lead by leading them in a domineering way.


People’s dreams are pathways to their inner heart and their most ardent desires. However, most leaders don’t know how to go down those paths. Be helpful, be hopeful, be scarce will help you walk your talk, letting people get great results though the gift of their dreams.

Dr Surya M Ganduri, PhD. PMP. is the Founder & President of eMBC, Inc., an international firm specializing in strategic and executive leadership development processes that Help People Succeed in an Evolving World. Dr Surya has over 28 years of business experience in management consulting, leadership development, executive coaching, process improvements, organizational development and youth leadership. For more information visit www.eMBCinc.com or contact eMBC, Inc., directly at (630) 445-1321.

About Dr. Surya

Using Quantum Physics and business research, Dr. Surya explores the correlation between the science of consciousness and patterns in the business world, to suggest innovative ways of using this wisdom to lead and succeed in a business environment that is constantly evolving at a rapid pace.

Self-awareness is the awareness of the self as separate from the thoughts that are occurring at any point in time. Without self-awareness the self perceives and believes the thoughts that are occurring to be who the self is. Self-awareness gives one the option or choice to choose thoughts being thought rather than simply thinking the thoughts that are stimulated from the accumulative events leading up to the circumstances of the moment.

Along with his work as an Author, Writer, Blogger and popular Internet Radio Talk Show Host, Dr. Surya is in-demand as a public speaker. Clients include small to large corporations and individuals.

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