It’s so much easier to achieve our goals, in both our personal and professional life, when we are able to inspire others to help us. Being a leader that is able to motivate and encourage others is not something that happens accidentally. There are key traits which most inspiring leaders share. Cultivating these traits will help you to improve your leadership skills so that you can bring out the best in yourself and others.
Look Towards the Future
Inspiring leaders are known for their ability to “think ahead of the curve.” They are constantly on the lookout for signs of the latest trends before they develop, and always looking ahead to the future. They are open to change and aren’t afraid to try new ways of doing things. This increases their levels of creativity and innovation, which are critical in a competitive world. Thinking ahead also helps them to anticipate and resolve issues before they develop into full blown problems.
Work on Self Improvement
The leaders that inspire us the most are those that excel in their field and have extensive general knowledge on many wide ranging topics and subjects. They are never satisfied with “the way things are,” but are constantly on the lookout for ways to improve things for themselves and those around them. Whether it’s reading online journals and listening to podcasts, attending seminars and continuing education classes or even taking the time to develop a new hobby or skills, leaders are constantly consuming information and looking for ways to grow and excel on a personal level.
Polish Your People Skills
Effective leaders are able to best inspire and motivate us when they understand who we are as people, and use this knowledge to bring out the best in us. They do this by taking the time to get to know us and develop an authentic relationship with us that creates mutual trust, understanding and respect. The more that you can develop your sensitivity to the emotions of others, and understand how emotions motivate others, the more able you will be to harness the talents and skills of others.
Inspiring leaders create an environment where it’s safe for themselves and others to take risks. They give others the confidence to try out new ideas and new ways of doing things and look at mistakes and failures as opportunities to learn and improve.
Make Health and Wellbeing a Priority
Inspiring leaders understand that before they can help others bring out their best, they first must take care of their own essential needs. They adopt healthy lifestyles that ensure that they get adequate sleep and nutrition, as well as take steps to reduce the stress in their lives so that they have the strength and energy that they need to be able to give their best effort each day. These leaders also take steps to promote greater health and wellbeing in those around them, so that everyone has the ability to perform and create at their highest level. Of course, there are other traits that effective and inspiring leaders share in common, but these five are some of the most critical to growing as a person and reaching your goals.
About Sonia McDonald
Sonia McDonald, CEO and Founder of LeadershipHQ, is an Entrepreneur, Thought Leader, Dynamic Keynote Speaker, Leadership Coach and Author of Leadership Attitude (now on BOOKTOPIA!). She was recently named in the Top 250 Influential Women Leaders across the Globe. Sonia is one of Australia’s Leading Executive Coaches. She has over 25 years’ human resource management, leadership and organisational development experience. She has held senior leadership roles in organisational development, learning and development, human resources and talent management fields across the globe. She is also an inspirational and dynamic leadership and neuroscience keynote speaker.
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