Drag others down and you’ll go down with them. The magnitude of your impact is determined by your ability to ignite passion in others.
You make a difference by
inspiring others to make a difference.
Those you inspire pull you forward. They don’t require pushing.
Five qualities of inspirational leaders:
Jeremy offers a series of questions to assess your inspiration quotient:
- Do you absolutely believe in what your organization does and stands for?
- Do you have a plan for tomorrow?
- Do you enjoy planning your strategy?
- Are you optimistic?
- Do you motivate others easily?
Leadership value is determined by the ability to inspire.
Don’t tell me what you can do. Tell me what you can inspire others to do.
Four surprising qualities of inspirational leaders:
- Passion balanced with compassion. The pursuit of personal gain and glory doesn’t inspire, it threatens. Inspiration occurs when others believe you genuinely put them before yourself.
- Strengths and frailties. The frailties you’re working through inspire others to work through theirs. Avoid whining. Focus on hope, progress, and benefit.
- Belief. “The people who influence you are the people who believe in you,” Henry Drummond.
- Optimism. Rise above the failures of others by believing in their future. Those who believe in others inspire others.
Lousy leaders push down. Successful leaders lift up.
“Keep away from those who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you believe that you too can become great,” Mark Twain.
I asked Jeremy how leaders inspire themselves. He talked about finding mentors. In his own words (2:35):
Who has inspired you? How?
How do you inspire others?