The greatest leaders inspire us.
That’s what separates them from just a good leader. They take us to levels of thought that we cannot reach on our own. The greatest leaders know what it takes to motivate their followers to carry out their mission. The great ones instill a desire in us to do whatever it takes to fulfill their leader’s commands.
If we are to emulate and become the greatest leaders we must adopt a mindset to master the core principles of the greatest leaders that inspire us.
Here are five ways that the greatest leaders inspire us:
LISTEN MORE – SPEAK LESS
They listen more than they speak. Great leaders know that they will accomplish more by listening to others and learning more than being the dominant speaker. They also understand the importance of timing and knowing when and how much information to share with their followers. Words are selected with intention and focused on motivating their teams.
“You will profit more from listening than speaking.”
– Napoleon Hill
They go above and beyond expectations and inspire others to do the same. The great ones understand the difference between pursuing excellence to produce higher value vs. requiring overtime for the appearance of going the extra mile. Going above and beyond should always be fruitful. It’s the fruit that inspires more.
“Render more service than that which you are paid and you will soon be paid for more than you render. The law of increasing returns takes care of this.”
– Napoleon Hill
They challenge themselves and their teams to achieve the unimaginable. Steve Jobs was a master at this principle. He shared an idea and challenged those around him to figure out the most amazing solution that would benefit the user the most. People want to be pushed beyond their limits to expand their capacity and realize their potential.
“We’re here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise, why else even be here?”
– Steve Jobs
They have tremendous confidence in themselves and their decision-making abilities. Indecisiveness is an inspiration killer. People want to follow those with a clear and direct aim. The plan to get there might adjust along the way but the mission shouldn’t change. The greatest leaders inspire others with this principle to become thoughtful and confident decision-makers themselves.
“Indecision is fatal. It is better to make a wrong decision than build up a habit of indecision. If you’re wallowing in indecision, you certainly can’t act – and action is the basis of success.
– Marie Beynon Lyons Ray
TRUST & EMPOWER OTHERS
They trust and empower their followers. The greatest leaders understand that to receive something from someone they have to give that very thing first. To earn trust, they give trust. They deliver trust by what they say and how they act towards their team. If a great leader assigns a responsibility to a team member they understand the critical importance of expecting and supporting that person to carry it all the way to completion. A great leader trusts the team member to complete the assignment without getting involved unless called upon for advice. The great ones have confidence in their team’s abilities to do the job and communicate a job well done to continue lifting and empowering others.
“A leader’s job is not to do the work for others, it’s to help others figure out how to do it themselves, to get things done, and to succeed beyond what they thought possible.”
– Simon Sinek
Did you notice that every principle started with the leader practicing the prinicple themselves? Inspiration comes from watching a leader willing to do everything that they expect of their followers. The greatest leaders inspire us by living these and many other principles every day.
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