How to build Momentum in Leadership?

Have you ever noticed that sometimes, even when you have all the resources, people and the vision to succeed it seems so hard, and you just can’t get things going?


Alternatively, you may have had times when with very little effort you seem to keep producing success after success. The difference is MOMENTUM.

When you start a snowball at the top of a mountain, it starts off small and moves slowly. It can be easily stopped at the top. However, as it rolls down the mountain the snowball gets bigger and bigger as it gathers more snow and is moving faster and faster. When it is near the bottom it is very large and moving very fast, it is very difficult to stop taking tremendous effort. It will keep moving and destroy anything that’s in the way.

Momentum works in the same way. When a leader has momentum, he or she looks great. Momentum multiplies the chances of success. The leader’s talents appear far greater than they really are. Hence, as leaders become more experienced, they look better than they are.

Momentum is a leader’s greatest tool for success in the organisation. You must learn to develop and harness the power of momentum.

With no momentum even the simplest tasks seem very difficult. However, with momentum you can achieve amazing things. Future looks bright when you have momentum.  It seems bleak and dark when you don’t have it. To succeed you must learn to build momentum in your organisation and use it to achieve the vision and goals of the company or team. Momentum is often the difference between a team winning or losing.

Momentum multiplies everything.

In sports, you can see it. When a football team scores early and then a second goal, they often go on to win by a large margin. It seems so easy to score. Everything goes right. They have momentum in their favour.

The opposing team has no momentum and misses easy chances. Nothing is working for them. When they try to score, they concede goals.

Teams without momentum often complain by refereeing decisions going against them, video replays, injuries to key players and the weather conditions. How often have you heard winning teams complaining about referees, injuries and weather conditions? They also have injuries, and some refereeing decisions go against them. Their success is amplified by the power of momentum.

This is also the case for leaders. Their success is exaggerated by momentum being in their favour. Often, new leaders do not get the credit they deserve because they don’t have the value of time to build momentum in their careers.  Conversely, experienced leaders get more credit than they may deserve because momentum has made it easier for them to succeed.

Success compounds for experienced leaders compared to new leaders. Hence, often the only difference is momentum.

When strong leaders that have momentum in their favour, they make their followers perform better. They are more motivated, inspired and believe than they can succeed and often they do succeed. Hence, followers perform at a much higher level even if they have the same talent. Average people perform well above average with the power of momentum behind them.

The responsibility for building momentum is the leaders.

A great leader must be a role model. You must as a leader be an example of enthusiasm, commitment, drive and believe in your vision to attract the right people to you and make your team follow you. You will motivate them, and they will also believe that they can succeed.

As you progress you will build momentum and success will become easier. You must then harness the power of momentum for even greater success.


How can you take on the responsibility to build momentum in your organisation? It all starts with you as a leader.

Are you enthusiastic, passionate and driven to succeed?

How could you spend more time motivating your team members?

What are the demotivating factors present in your team members?

What steps can you take to remove or reduce demotivating factors?

Are you taking the time and paying attention to celebrate the achievements of your team members?

Are you praising their efforts and rewarding accomplishments regularly?

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