Inspired employees go beyond the expected efficiency levels and utilize their inner creativity to participate in the united cooperation of business. It is up to an inspiring leader to mentor employees and create cultural grounds for taking the company to the next level.
Inspiring leaders are made with the necessary skills acquired through training and experience. We aim to highlight a few key points to help you become an inspiring leader. To inspire you, we have also included remarkable quotes from some very famous authors and inspiring leaders.
“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French writer and pioneering aviator.
Do not let your position in the management hierarchy go over your head. A business needs every single one of its many pieces to perform, and the boss is merely another part of this great machine. Humility is a trait that would present a relatable and sincere image to the employees and could play a major role in making you an inspiring leader.
“Although Jobs was still seen as narcissistic, his narcissism appeared to be counterbalanced or tempered with a measure of humility, and it was this tempered narcissist who led Apple to be the most valuable company in the world.” – Source
You must have the bravery to admit your mistakes and accept when someone else has got it right. Admitting mistakes has a side benefit as well. The culture of celebrating mistake-identification should be embedded in any business’ risk management processes, and things should start from the top.
“It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.” – Mahatma Gandhi
As mentioned before, inspiring leaders are made, and part of this process is gaining leadership skills. A leader should be proficient in multiple branches of management science. Constant learning is a trait that would differentiate you in the eyes of employees and set an example for this very desired culture.
A leader should be familiar with the inner workings of the business and present an “informed” image rather than “bewildered” when talked to. Employees would not trust a disconcerted boss.
You are humble means learning from your employees. Do not pretend to know what you do not.
“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – John F. Kennedy
An inspiring leader is a role model who sets the tone for everything that goes on in a company. Your employees are witnesses to your work ethics and would not hold up the standards if they do not see you adhere to them.
“It is true that integrity alone won’t make you a leader, but without integrity, you will never be one.” – Zig Ziglar
Integrity is a value that holds other values in check and thus requires such discipline. Keeping your words at all times would inspire others to commit to the values you advertise.
“The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.” – Confucius
Do not be the boss who thinks every good idea is theirs. An inspiring leader should nurture a culture of creativity and reward the active partakers by giving credit where it is due. This practice goes well beyond acknowledging an employee of the month and such. It encourages every member of the team to think outside the box and go beyond their daily duties t find better solutions.
“Leaders establish trust with candor, transparency, and credit.” Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric
By giving them credit, you would be fueling this process and positioning yourself as an inspiring leader, someone who inspires others to become better at their jobs and impart in advancing the business.
“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.” – Abraham Lincoln
The detached and scary boss can never be a relatable person. Get involved with employees and maintain an authentic relationship with them. If your employees find you approachable, they will come to you for guidance and sharing.
Holding regular meetings for brainstorming and pitching ideas is a great way of involving employees and boosting their confidence.
Get to know your employees. Try sharing the cafeteria, be friendly, and talk to them about your life. This approach shows how relatable and caring you are and renders you more approachable.
“Approachable people . . .
1. Use body language to their advantage.
2. Are open-minded to new people and new experiences.
3. Encourage others to feel better about themselves.
4. Are willing to be told not what they want to hear, but what they need to hear.
5. Provide an inviting aura that is warm and comforting.
6. Realize that authenticity and transparency earn trust.
7. Intuitively tune into the feelings and needs of others.
8. Are emotionally steady and respond appropriately when they sense awkwardness or discomfort in others.
9. Radiate happiness and curbs cynicism.
10. Provide a safe environment for others to express themselves.
11. Make others feel valued and appreciated.
12. Listen and consider other people’s viewpoints and opinions.”
Bringing out the best of people is the hallmark of an inspiring leader. The company is its employees, and by helping them grow, you are serving the business. People would look up to an inspiring leader who has helped them improve.
Aspiring for the betterment of everyone and everything in the environment is what a true leader does. Give genuine and well thought out feedback to drive your employees forward.
An inspiring leader is not someone who can do the employee-allocated jobs better than them; it is someone who nurtures the employees to get even better at what they are doing.
“Average leaders raise the bar on themselves; good leaders raise the bar for others; great leaders inspire others to raise their own bar.” – Orrin Woodward
Share Your Vision
It goes without saying that you must have a clear vision of the future. This requires strategical thinking and deep knowledge of your part. Now, the ability to share what you want to pursue would inspire everyone else.
This shared vision will bound everyone in a united mission and give purpose to otherwise scattered and meaningless endeavors.
“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” – Warren Bennis, scholar and leadership expert
An inspiring leader can depict a lucid picture of the company’s vision and steer everyone towards it. He/she gives meaning to the daily operations and renders every employee an important contributor to the common goal.
“Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.” – Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric”
Create A Culture of Open Communication
An inspiring leader creates a safe space for criticizing policies and holds an open ear for suggestions. Insist on hearing the bad news first and reward people who report problems and confess to mistakes. The last thing you want is a hidden risk, ready to erupt at every moment.
Open and honest communication is crucial for progress, and an inspiring leader acknowledges this. With open communication, you make yourself more approachable and present yourself in control of the operations.
“The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.” – Peter Drucker
According to a recent study, you would need “one distinguishing strength to stand out as an inspiration to others.” This statement seems straightforward if contemplated. We naturally find people who are exceptionally good at something or have desirable traits to be inspiring and worthy of being followed.
To become an inspiring leader, you would have to distinguish yourself by being smarter, kinder, healthier, more knowledgeable, and simply better.
Encourage The right Values.
To become an inspiring leader, you must encourage the right set of values: unity, hard work, integrity, openness, etc.
Holding meetings and talking about the values would not change much if you do not show adherence in practice. Lead by example and see how fast the values catch on and go beyond your dreams. The man/woman that adheres to the values and helps everyone go through the hard times would be known as an inspiring leader.
“I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.” – Lao Tzu