Leaders who connect with their people emotionally stand the best chance of leading their group, organization, or team to the next level of operational excellence. I call these types of leaders, INSPIRATIONAL LEADERS.
Some leaders push, cajole, or prod their people. The inspirational leader pulls by sheer force of personal example, commitment, and integrity.
Some leaders order their personnel to get the job done by building a fire under their butts. The inspirational leader motivates their personnel to get the job done by building a fire in their hearts and souls.
Some leaders cultivate obedience and compliance through fear, ridicule, and intimidation. The inspirational leader cultivates independence and resourcefulness through listening, open communication, and feedback.
Some leaders consider themselves elite, above others. The inspirational leader maintains perspective, and keeps the respect and camaraderie of the rank and file.
Some leaders take full credit for the success of the work. Inspirational leaders shine the spotlight directly upon those who deserve the credit.
When projects do not turn out as planned, some leaders ask, “Who is responsible?” The Inspirational Leaders says, “I am.”
People will physically work overtime for some leaders; they will work all the time for an inspirational leader.
Some leaders must physically be present so others will do the work correctly. Inspirational leaders inspire others to do the work correctly – even from the grave.