Does it seem that there is a lack of inspirational leadership in business, politics, nonprofits, etc.? While most of us can think of a few examples of positive leadership, there are just as many, if not more, poor examples that surface in our mind all too quickly.
Why is that? Most tend to put the interests of themselves over others. So what can we do about that?
We can start by creating habits in areas that are others-focused and team-focused. To that end, here are seven key traits inspirational leaders have in common. It’s best to review and practice each of them over time in order for each to become a habit.
Be proven trustworthy
Exudes positive energy
Leads with listening
Self-aware and others-aware
Recharges emotional batteries regularly
Clearly states vision, core values, and team norms
Centeredness: a state of mindfulness that enables leaders to remain calm under stress, empathize, listen deeply, and remain present. Ranking in the top 10% of your peers in this trait increases your ability to be seen as inspirational.
Many leaders have succeeded in motivating their teams to success in life and work, and you don’t have to look far for some inspiration. Here are a few quotes from several notable leaders to inspire you to be better leader.
If you can dream it, you can do it. -Walt Disney
Great things in business are never done by one person; they’re done by a team of people. -Steve Jobs
We treat our people like royalty. If you honor and serve the people who work for you, they will honor and serve you. -Mary Kay Ash
People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses or the problems of modern society. -Vince Lombardi
For a more in-depth look at the topic of Inspirational Leadership, check out InitiativeOne’s blog post and infographic: How Inspirational Leaders Motivate Despite Personality, Age, Or Genetic Differences