It is hard to be seen as a leader if you can’t deliver results. Yet, results are rarely achieved through the leader alone. Thus, leadership is about mustering follower support and how we deliver results through others. Managers can no longer rely on formal authority alone to achieve results. To be successful today, one must be able to inspire others to take action!
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The word inspiration can evoke majestic or even magical imagery. Some argue that the ability to inspire others cannot be learned, either you are either born with it or you are not. Yet, research shows that about only 30% of one’s leadership capacity is inherit, while a full 70% can be learned. Therefore, anyone can increase his or her inspirational leadership abilities. All it takes to become more effective is choosing to practice certain behaviors in your life. This webinar is designed to help take some of the guesswork out of which behaviors best contribute to one’s inspirational leadership capacity. Below is a short summary of each practice:
- Credibility This practiceis the foundation of your leadership ability because it affords you respect beyond formal authority. Your credibility as a leader is largely a function of 1) walking your talk, 2) clearly communicating expectations to followers, and 3) trusting tasks are done but taking the time to verify.
- Decisiveness Waiting for clear confirmation that a decision is exactly right is a recipe for mediocrity and almost a guarantee for eventual failure. That’s because individuals and organizations learn from making decisions, even bad ones. Decisive leaders practice making decisions with only 80% of the information available to them.
- Confidence When a leader exudes confidence, they make us feel safe and we naturally want to follow them. Vice versa, when they lack confidence we second-guess them and question their leadership. Leaders practice confidence as a mindset, regardless if they have experience.
- Humility Leaders must be expert learners and without humility, one cannot learn. Thus, leaders temper their authority, share their teachable moments, embrace the words “I don’t know,” and make gratitude a daily ritual.
- Resilience Resiliency is largely a function of how well we manage our time, stress, and energy levels. Leaders practice doing their toughest daily task first, make a habit of physical exercise, and play as hard as they work.
- Vision Vision should never direct others towards purpose, it should inspire others to collaborate and take initiative. Leaders practice communicating vision by stating the task, purpose, and endstate to be accomplished.
- Accountability When it comes to mistakes, the non-leader shields themselves from responsibility while the leader always recognizes that they probably had something to do with it. Rather than evoke the blame game, they practice accepting responsibility and solving problems.
- Communication 93% of a leader’s communication is non-verbal. Leaders are mindful of their gestures, tone, and physical posture at all times.
- Adaptability Linear approaches to strategy and goal accomplishment are no longer serving us well in our unpredictable and fast moving world. Leaders instead practice change as the norm and seek out opportunities to disrupt where excessive comfort exists.
- Selfless Service Nothing you do as a leader can help to inspire others more than putting the needs of others before self. The irony is, that when people truly believe you have their best interest at heart, they reciprocate and in turn make you successful as well.
Becoming a more effective leader is about taking action on thepractices that will serve you personally on your own development journey. Practice consistently and watch your leadership capacity grow!