What do Inspiring Leaders Have in Common?

August 19, 201610:55 am377 views

To be a good leader is easy, but to be an inspirational one is rather quite difficult. Umpteen number of managerial tasks and responsibilities often thrusted on the manager, makes them go short-sighted to solely focus on their job description and professional agendas. They lack time to advance their leadership capabilities to better manage subordinates, the overall team and workforce at large.

When organisations do not have inspiring leadership at the helm, the employees tend to feel stuck in the workplace, since their accomplishments at work are not validated and, recognised.

They are also unable to seek valuable input for better performance and growth in the near future from their immediate superior (who not always is an inspiration to the team).

An inspiring leader in a workplace setting exudes positive vibes, shares illuminating ideas, boosts employees’ inner-drive to perform, and acts as role-models for employees to ape his management ways and advance their career prospects.

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“Our research indicates, what really matters is that, leaders are able to create enthusiasm, empower their people, instil confidence and be inspiring to the people around them’” says Peter Handal, chief executive of New York City-based Dale Carnegie Training, a leadership-training company.

A leader is the key person who helps determine employees performance at work. However, it is important to leaders to understand and reconcile with today’s changing times that, there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution that works well in every company culture to encourage employees to outperform themselves.

Instead, inspirational leaders should be able to empower the team through motivational leadership style, thought-provoking conversations and fair treatment to all employees without discrimination and due respect.

Here are some traits inspiring leaders have in common. Know and analyse, if you have one, none, something’s a miss or all. Do you think you have all it takes to be an inspiring leader?

Learning, not Just Preaching

Leaders who only inflict fear and dictate terms to employees on what to do and what not to do, limit the employee’s’ willingness to learn and grow themselves.

Instead, adequate coaching and proactive feedback are two means by which inspiring leaders encourage and motivate the team to perform optimally in a workplace setting.

An inspiring leader provides all motivation and creates a professional support ecosystem wherein employees can carry out their job roles smoothly without hiccups or hindrance. Leaders who inspire are not preachers, they are rather doers who facilitate employee workings to carry out their job functions smoothly without hiccups.

Significance, not Just Success

Measuring an employee’s’ success entirely based on their performance and gauging productivity will make them feel less appreciated at work. Instead, a smart, inspiring and successful leader will value the process and hard work invested by an employee to achieve the targeted results.

Advancements in skillsets and consistent betterment in performance are some improvements, every employer should observe and seek from a growing team. Employees should be encouraged to challenge their weakness and transform them into strengths. This will bring about greater change for self-advancement prospects.

Innovation, not Just Ideation

Ideation is important, but being an integral part of implementing the ideas on an innovation-based project is more exciting and meaningful. An inspiring leader, should motivate, train, provide resources and tools to help the employees excel at work.

Employers in turn should provide opportunities to employees, to enhance their strengths and encourage innovation while meeting the progressive needs of the business.

Respect, not Just Recognition

Beyond appreciation and praise, respect and admiration, are two things that significantly help employees build more self confidence and promote self-esteem.

An inspirational leader provides clear outline on the importance of respect and how to earn it, through consistent efforts. When employees feel valued and respected, they tend to deliver best performance output for the company to meet professional business objectives.

Personal growth, not Just Responsibility

Leaders often use “increased responsibility” to gain more performance output from the employees. However, an inspirational leader follows the higher responsibility with adequate mentoring and sufficient resources, with employee’s personal and professional growth on mind, as the key to success. Training and practical hands-on experience in the job role, helps employees develop their existing capabilities.

Trust, not Just Transparency

Being transparent is crucial to win more trust from the employees. Along with transparency, trust is a must-have. Employees are further inspired, when they know their leaders believe in their potentials and capabilities to deliver.

When leaders showcase high trust towards an employee, they tend to feel more secured and certain, that the company accepts their valuable efforts at work.

However, on the contrary if a leader fails to seek and practice inspirational leadership styles, employees will not be able to maximize their potentials, harness their capabilities and maintain the quality standards at work. Every team and workplace needs a role-model, an inspiring leader who exudes positivity and sets standards par excellence.

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