As leaders, we want people to follow us. But some wonder why being inspirational is important. After all, we’ve been selected by our companies to lead, and that’s what we do. But the fact is that a leader like M. Kurtzmann in the Ministry of Information scene in “Brazil,” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mu1iND6vtcE who just stands over the operation checking performance, won't be able to lead a team through the complex, fast-paced and communication-driven world that we live in.
Some questions that you might ask are: Is your team performing at a high level? Are they engaged in their work? Do you have good relationships with them? Does your team generate and implement ideas for positive change? Is turnover low? If the answers to these questions is no, then maybe you need to look at yourself.
Are you excited to get out of bed to go to work in the morning? Are you performing at your best? Are you and your team on top of developments in your field and industry and eager to transform yourselves to take advantage of them?
If you’re not excited about your work and the challenge of keeping up with the world, it’s going to be hard to convince your team that they should pour their heart and soul into their jobs.
So how do you raise your ability to inspire?
- Craft a mission statement - Are you excited about the work of your team? If not, standing back and perhaps taking a wider view might help. If for example, you lead an IT support team in a company involved in healthcare, you might say, “My team (supports an organization that) saves lives.” Whatever it is, it needs to be something that gives you a sense of purpose to do your best work. Once you know what it is, you need to share it repeatedly, making clear that it drives your actions.
- Embrace change - What are you doing to constantly update your skills and your mindset to adapt to our changing world? Some leaders create learning plans for themselves where they specify skills, books, on-line learning modules, etc. that they plan to tackle. I heard Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh say in an interview that he strives to do one thing every day that makes him uncomfortable. To be perceived as someone who can lead people into an uncertain future means that you need to be someone who embraces it.
- Raise your energy - People gravitate toward leaders with energy because nothing happens without it. If you’re just dragging your exhausted self into work every day, you need to evaluate your self-care regimen. Are you getting enough sleep, exercise, good food, quality time with loved ones, and fun? Maybe you need to make one or more of these things a greater priority.
People will follow an energetic leader who is excited about their mission and eager to take their organization to the next level in changing times. If this is you, they might even follow you without your title.
QUESTION: How do you make yourself an inspiring leader?
Leadership/Career Coach Kris Ishibashi works with leaders to bring together their skills, their authentic selves, and their intentions to inspire their organizations to superior performance. Click here to set up a complimentary consultation.