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Three Simple Secrets of Inspirational Leadership

Three Simple Secrets of Inspirational Leadership

What are the secrets of inspirational leadership? Is it about impassioned speeches? Is it about magnificent visions?  Is it about being lean and mean? Or is it about being fluffy?

No.   It’s about just three things:




Although most people start with big visions and strategy, Henry Ford nailed when he said: "If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself".  I believe the best place to start is with connection

Too many sports teams are bursting with talent and know exactly what the goal is, yet lack any real connection – they are just a bunch of talented individuals.  Almost invariably, when the chips are down, they fail.  Inspired leaders make sure they connect with their team, and their team connect with each other.  In the complex field of interpersonal relationships this is a tough one, but worth every bead of sweat … because it makes or breaks a team.

Next, make sure your team has the potential to succeed.  The right skills, the right knowledge, the right mind-set and the right motivation.  A team that does not rely upon you to do the thinking for them.  A team that takes 100% responsibility for results whether you are there or not. 

This is not a case of whether you have the right team – or you don’t.  This is about developing the team that you have to become what you need them to be. 

If your team are truly connected AND they have what it takes then whichever direction you point them in, they are going to succeed.

Finally every team needs a reason.  Stephen Covey, in “The 8th Habit”, describes a poll of 23,000 US employees.  Here’s what they found:

  •       Only 37% said they have a clear understanding of what their organization is trying to achieve and why
  •       Only 20% were enthusiastic about their department's and their organization's goal
  •       Only 20% said they had a clear "line of sight" between their tasks and their teams’ and organization's goals.

To put it another way - if your organisation were a football team:

  •       only 4 of the 11 players would know which goal to score in
  •       only 2 would care
  •       only 2 would know their position and role on the pitch
  •       all but 2 would be competing against own team

Three things.  Connection.  Potential.  Reason.


So choose one of these today, then go and inspire your team!



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