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How to Be an Inspiring Leader

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.

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Mindsets in leaders

Mindsets drive what leaders do and why they do it. 

Two different leaders might face the same situation but respond to it very differently. One leader might see the case as threatening, whereas the other leader might see it as an opportunity.

Growth and Fixed Mindsets

A growth mindset is a belief that anyone can change their talents, abilities, and intelligence. Those with a growth mindset:

  • take on challenges
  • take advantage of feedback
  • use the most effective problem-solving strategies
  • provide developmental feedback
  • is persistent in accomplishing goals

Conversely, those with a fixed mindset believe that talents, abilities and intelligence can't be improved.

Learning and Performance Mindsets

Leaders with a learning mindset are motivated to increase their competence and master something new.

A performance mindset desires to gain favorable judgments about competence and avoid negative judgements.

The Why of Life
The Why of Life

Great leaders look at the fundamental forces of life, and ask 'Why'. There is a drive they carry, a cause, a purpose, that makes them inspired to achieve something bigger than themselves.

  • Their 'Why' is centered around their personal, family and health goals.
  • They determine 'How' by their personal and professional development goals.
  • They pursue their business, career and financial goals by asking 'What'.
Clarity, Discipline and Consistency

  • Clarity Of Why: Great leaders have a clarity of Why they are doing what they do. 
  • The Discipline of How: The Why is held accountable by how things are done, and it is the most challenging component. 
  • The Consistency of What: Your 'What' is the result of your beliefs and actions. Everything you say or do, your products or services, has to have a certain consistency.

Followers Need Trust

Leaders gain followers due to trust. If customers (or end-users), and employees understand your core beliefs and drive, you start to gain their trust. 

This happens when you demonstrate and communicate that you share the same values and convictions.

The process of inspiring others
The process of inspiring others

Inspiring others comes more from how you act in your day to day life than from some extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime moments.

Think about your daily habits, and how those contribute to feelings of inspiration.

Daily habits of inspirational people
  • Focus on the process, not the outcome: feel inspired by the work you do and by everything that is required to achieve results.
  • pay attention to your impact, to how you make others feel and then make sure it's the kind of impact you want to be having.
  • Push your comfort zone. Those surrounding you will feel inspired and they will most likely follow suit.
  • Focus on your well-being. If you feel good, you will naturally inspire others.
  • Commit to a vision and never give up. When others know what motivates you and your commitment to what's important to you, they will feel inspired.