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Inspiring Others
This post is about inspiring others. It is a brief lesson on leadership and vision. How do you inspire people? How do you inspire others to buy into your vision? Creating a vision for the future is relatively straightforward. Inspiring others to follow your vision is a challenge.

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Winston Churchill

"Before you can inspire with emotion, you must be swamped with it yourself. Before you can move their tears, your own must flow. To convince them, you must yourself believe."

Winston Churchill

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Traits of Inspiring Leaders

To inspire others, leaders must be:

  • Trusted with a vision that affirms altruism, social responsibility and the inclusion of those that follow them.
  • Believable: people are motivated if they have purpose. The leader’s vision helps employees to see their purpose in the workplace. And the most effective vision is one that takes account of the interests of stakeholders.
  • Passionate Inspiring others when you are passionate about the subject is easier. Your passion will inspire others if you express it.

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Vision and Inspiration

Vision and Inspiration

Some leaders create a vision of the future yet fail to move people into action. They fail to articulate and communicate their vision. Few buy into the vision; fewer truly follow.

In contrast, some leaders have imagination and know where they are going. They inspire others and bring them on the journey.

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  • Things that charismatic leaders do to maintain their power are precisely the things that diminish it when their business, country, or other undertaking encounters problems.
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