Inspirational leaders are able to energise those around them irrespective of their job title. Here are 16 immediately actionable ways to help you get the very best from your team.
- Inspiration is not about some charisma gene. It’s about helping people to achieve their goals.
- You have to be motivated in order to motivate. Energy motivates. Listless leaders lead listless teams.
- Success isn’t taught. It’s caught. If we don’t have huge reserves of excitement about our company and what we sell, then we won’t create those feelings in our people.
- Delegate. When we let go, they grow.
- Inspirational leaders know how important personal appreciation and recognition is to maintaining a motivated team.
- Use ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ more. It makes people feel valued.
- Write a quick post-it note of specific appreciation and place it on the person’s computer screen before you leave. It’s a nice surprise in the morning.
- What people cannot stand is unrealistic, deluded leadership.
- In challenging times, see things as they are. Not worse. Find something to move towards. Without a vision, people perish.
- ‘You shouldn’t be looking for people slipping up, you should be looking for all the good things people do and praising those’ – Richard Branson
- Ask employees ‘What are you great at? What do you want to be famous for here? At PepsiCo they ask ‘What’s your SPIKE? What are you great at?
- ‘When someone does something good, applaud. You will make two people happy’ – Samuel Goldwyn
- Would you follow someone if nothing is ever good enough? Find opportunities to tell people they’ve done well. Be genuine.
- Praise in public. Correct in private.
- Expect the best. Good teams want to be held to high standards.
- The opposite of a leader is not a follower, it’s a pessimist.
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