Leadership Inspiration: Leaders, How Do You Stay Inspired?
by Kate Nasser |
Leadership Inspiration: Tangible Ways for Leaders to Stay Inspired
Leaders, among all the pressures and demands of leadership, how do you stay inspired to inspire others? As you focus on metrics, implementing best practices, and delivering results, where do you find inspiration?
Leadership Inspiration: Tangible Ways to Stay Inspired
To deliver results, you must inspire and engage teams. You must ignite their creativity and innovation. How can you find the leadership inspiration to inspire others?
- Self-Awareness, Desire, and Beliefs. If you believe that inspiration matters and want to inspire, you will seek it out. You will find it. You will notice it around you. If you think that inspiration is needless fluff, you will overlook it. You will more likely lead from the traditional lean and mean approach. Big problem: It comes across as mean.
- Conferences, podcasts, webinars. Which sessions do you choose? At a conference, which sessions do you attend? Only the ones that focus on tangible how to’s? Or do you also attend some that pose intriguing questions and engage you in discussions? When I choose what conferences to speak at, I go for those that allow inspiration and how to’s. Some do and others label inspiration as no substance. Yet leadership inspiration matters. It makes the how to’s come to life when you get back to the office.
- Listening. Stay inspired through listening. To TED and TEDx talks on video. To your staff. To your colleagues. To podcasts and webinars. To live feeds. To the news. To your own heart. Inspiration can come to you at any moment if you are listening. “The earth has music for those who listen. ~Shakespeare”
- Discussions. Your own leadership inspiration can come to life through interacting with colleagues, with your loved ones, with employees, during online chats, and even with strangers. Offer to run a round table discussion at a conference. You will hear inspiration all around you.
- Visual images. For some people, visual images are a great source of inspiration. If you are visually inspired, take time to tap this source of leadership inspiration. Short inspirational DVDs use music and images to inspire. What do they say to you? Do you have visually inspired employees? Share images with them.
- Reading. Broaden your reading list beyond the standard business list. You can find leadership inspiration from diverse books and blogs.
- Writing. If you have the time, writing a blog can be very inspiring to you and to others. It helps you articulate your leadership views. Part of leadership inspiration is communicating your beliefs!
Don’t let metrics, best practices, and an operational focus stop you from being inspired and inspiring others. Great leaders know that inspiration and action are the winning combo. Get over thinking that inspiration is a waste of time. You can focus on both on leadership inspiration and down to earth how to’s. They work hand in hand.
From my professional experience to your success,
Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™
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