Q: If your team is ready to go, do they know where they're going?
Everything's impossible until you actually do it.
During WWII, Easy Company had a platoon leader named Lt. Dick Winters.
One of his first missions involved leading a small group of men to take out a cluster of four German howitzers manned by a whole platoon on Utah Beach. Winters directed some to lay down cover fire, some to flank with grenades, others to move around a hedge - one man even perched in a tree. A complete success, the battle is taught at West Point as a textbook example of strategy.
Great leadership is more than simple motivation. It involves planning, delegation and creativity. In other words, strategy. Motivation is great and necessary. But strategy allows our teams to funnel their motivation into reasoned, definable actions.