We all know someone in our life who has inspired us to do things beyond what we thought we were capable of, right?
Perhaps this was a personal scenario where a friend helped you get through a tough time and not just survive but thrive. Or maybe it was at work where you had a leader that took the time to inspire you and the team to achieve a seemingly impossible goal.
So is there something special about those inspirational people? Well, yes and no. Most don’t have superleader abilities naturally, but they took time to develop inspirational leadership skills and traits. How do they do it?
While there are many ways to inspire others to action, here are six ways that you can improve your leadership. An inspirational leader…
- Cares as much about people as the organization
- Pushes for excellence in the team
- Leads with “head” and “heart”
- Seeks to learn from others, not just teach
- Develops others, not just themselves
- Values input of everyone on the team
On the flip side, I’m sure we can also think of some poor examples of leadership in our past. Times where we were frustrated with our boss and her inability to lead us well. To avoid falling into those bad habits, we should shun these four ways that will kill our team’s motivation:
- Fear of failure
- Lack of clarity in mission, vision & goals
If you are looking for leaders to model your life after, here are six female inspirational leader examples to check out. Each of these women were leadership pioneers in their field; two even lost their lives as a result of their strong leadership stance, proof that inspiring others often comes with a cost leaders must be willing to pay for progress.
- Oprah Winfrey
- Margaret Thatcher
- Coco Chanel
- Benazir Bhutto
- Erna Solberg
- Indira Ghandi
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