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4 Ways to Practice the Art of Commitment



4 Ways to Practice the Art of Commitment
Shallow commitment cheapens leadership. Half-hearted leaders may have titles, but they can't inspire commitment. 7 profound benefits of deep commitment: Self-respect. Drifting dishonors you and your maker. Clarity. Vague commitments cripple and confuse. You don't know where to go or what to do when you aren't committed.


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7 profound benefits of deep commitment:

  • Self-respect. Drifting dishonors you and your maker.
  • Clarity. The less committed you are, the more confused you become.
  • Decisions. Goals enable saying “no” to distractions. 
  • Fulfillment. Commitment leads to contribution which produces fulfillment.
  • Trust. Commitments produce consistency and  trumps talent.
  • Courage. Courage follows commitment.
  • Boldness. Bold action springs from commitment to meaningful mission.




<p>When you <b>inspire</b> som...

When you inspire someone to commit, you provide a channel for them to express, expand and extend themselves.



4 ways to practice the art of commitment:

  • Be obsessed about being deeply committed yourself. 
  • Create space for people to find and express their authentic self.
  • Connect work with self-expression.
  • Align work with things that matter to them.




Addressing reluctance

The problem of reluctance is commitment, not negativity.

The worst thing you can do is explain why it-will-work to people who aren’t committed to make-it-work.

Help reluctant people make commitments

  • Listen to constructive dissent. Don’t minimize concerns.
  • Keep the big picture in focus. Describe success and tell stories of past success.
  • Create safety nets. Make commitment less dangerous.
  • Make commitments. Reluctant teams are often led by leadership that’s playing it safe.
  • Build relationships. Strong connection enables deep commitment.
  • Divide responsibility between several people.

Jack Welch

“Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive..."

Jack Welch


Great leaders have a clear, exciting idea of where they are going. They are excellent at strategic planning.

While a manager gets the job done, great leaders tap into the emotions of their employees.

Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill

“Courage is rightly considered the foremost of the virtues, for upon it, all others depend.”  

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The leaders that inspire are those who use a personal combination of strengths to motivate individuals and teams to take on bold missions and to hold them accountable for results.

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Becoming an Inspiring Leader

  • You only need centeredness: a state of mindfulness that enables leaders to remain calm under stress, empathize, listen deeply, and remain present.
  • Your key strength has to match how your organization creates value.
  • You have to behave differently if you want your employees to do so.