Anyone can claim to be a leader — but to be a leader who inspires others, you need to adopt dominant traits that others can identify and appreciate.
We often associate exceptional leadership with innate talent, some lucky ones are born with. Let’s bust that myth first. There’s nothing such as born leaders. In fact, leadership that inspires others is a code of conduct, behavior, and skill that is always work-in-progress. A leader with excellent skills is undergoing constant self-improvement to make it worthwhile and inspiring.
Leadership that delivers outstanding results is a never-ending learning process that comes with a detailed understanding of decision making and making people work together without imposing rules and threats. Effective leaders effortlessly inspire movements in people who are willing to follow their direction without any hesitation.
Without an inspiring leader, people cannot work together in any environment let alone successfully. Unfortunately, we have some leading companies with successful bosses but not inspirational leaders.
In addition to using the power that comes being a boss, a leader should set himself/herself as an example through the right behavior, words, and actions to inspire their team to believe in and work for a shared vision. You don’t have to be perfect to be a leader. The only thing you need is the strength that you can showcase when given a chance to inspire others.
Here are some top behaviors and traits you can adapt to become a successful, inspirational leader:
The ability to focus on the bright side is an excellent characteristic that makes you more than a boss. Identifying issues and then finding the positive aspect can help resolve the most challenging problems. Positivity is not only a trait but an attitude that can help you get through the challenges and failures.
Being positive does not mean ignoring the problems. It actually refers to undergoing the whole troubleshooting phase and finding the silver lining to hold on to. This is truly inspirational.
Gratefulness and Appreciation
Nothing can hook your team’s commitment better than appreciation. A few encouraging words or an act of gratefulness is enough to ensure their efforts are not going unnoticed.
Leaders who fail to show appreciation for their employees are not only damaging the morale of their essential resource but are also putting their business at risk. A team of people with self-esteem problems and lack of motivation leads to lower output, inefficiency, and higher turnover.
Showing appreciation through little gestures can ensure team members of their worthiness. Offer bonuses for high achievers and performers. Remember, a simple ‘thank you’ is enough to inspire.
Vision of the Future
Inspirational leaders show directions towards a future they can already see. They lead with confidence and articulate a vision that looks real. These people are inspirational because they know the path that leads towards their business success. Inspirational leaders will direct their team members with ease because they have a plan to follow. Through beliefs, words, and actions, inspiring leaders can actually make every person have the same crystal clear view of the future.
They are precisely aware of what they are working to achieve.
Inspiring leaders are great listeners. When they pay attention to their team, they are doing more than just hearing them. They value the input of their team and respond accordingly.
Leaders who inspire others are effective communicators and utilize the open door policy with the team members. They are not only easily approachable but are more than welcoming when it comes to feedback and suggestions. They appreciate when they receive a contribution from their team member towards their shared vision.
As a result, the entire organization is working towards the same goal and develop a similar sense of value. Everyone’s participating equally and playing an important role.
It’s hard to place trust in a leader who has set success as his/her first priority – even if it comes at the cost of their team and its well-being. That’s the point where both employees and customers would break up.
Leaders can inspire their team through emotional intelligence and trustworthiness. If your employee can look up to you, give you every detail without hesitance, and live by integrity, they are definitely going to stay loyal to such an inspirational leader.
Honesty is a great way to win people over. If you are honest and appreciate honesty – no matter how bad the results are – your people will start confiding in you. Remember, you should give your employees every reason to trust you and stay loyal to you.
Any personality trait that helps you bring positivity in your work environment and make your employees look up to you can be inspiring. There’s no boundary as to which quality you should and shouldn’t adopt. If you already are a leader, you can instantly make your presence more inspiring with these simple behavioral changes.
Get started now and see the difference it makes to your people and your work environment.