Friday, November 6, 2015

Aspire to Inspire?

Like most of you, I’m a lover of quotes.  One that stands out to me is credited to  John Quincy Adams who said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more; you are a leader.”

Inspire…but how? What traits are exhibited with inspirational leaders? What do they share in common? I’m guessing there are a number of traits that come to mind, but a recent article in Inc. 500 succinctly identified three such characteristics. 

Inspirational leaders EARN trust  - By being transparent,  keeping promises large and small, exhibiting dependability, preparedness and organization; taking responsibility when things go wrong, while praising others when things go well, aids in building trust.

Inspirational leaders show enthusiasm – The article points out that one of the keys to inspiration is pure joy and excitement. My dad would say, “Success BREEDS success.”  Leaders must be the nucleus of spreading positive energy to their followers, which leads us to to the third and final trait trait.

Inspirational leaders insist on an air of optimism – This comment is not intended to sway the reader to believe that inspirational leaders run away from problems.  To the contrary, inspirational leaders attack problems head on looking for positive solutions and opportunities that every challenge brings to the table.

So my friends, what characteristics do you use? What would you add to this list? What have you seen in other great inspirational leaders? Let me know…in the meantime…

Be good to yourself…

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