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How to Be an Inspiring Leader

Updated on September 14, 2012
Time Magazine 100 #1 Most Influential People of the 20th Century (Oprah Winfrey has been listed 9 times.)
Time Magazine 100 #1 Most Influential People of the 20th Century (Oprah Winfrey has been listed 9 times.) | Source

Simple Ways to Being a Great Leader

There are certain attributes that all great leaders have. Cultivating these skills will help you motivate, manage and make the best team you can possibly have.

Be Visible

Let your staff know that you are there. Talk to them and get to know their names. Don't waste their valuable work time but make sure they know that you are genuine and that you are as productive and involved in the job as they are.

If you have multiple work-sites, visit them on a regular or rotating basis. It can be frustrating for employees to have a manager that doesn't exist. When you visit the different locations, get involved in what they are doing and help out if you can. You should know how to do every job and being able to get down on every person's level will lend credibility to your position. You aren't too special to bag a burger and fries, my friend. Jump in and become part of your crew. That's how you gain respect.

Mark Zuckerberg co-founder of Facebook
Mark Zuckerberg co-founder of Facebook | Source

Turn Your Team Into Leaders

The greatest leaders have the ability to recognize the importance of team building. It's a simple concept. You select a group of people, teach, inspire, motivate and press-go. Although it doesn't happen as fast as it reads, tenacity is important when you set your goals. Everyone on your team should be aiming for the same target. It's similar to roping cattle; when one get's loose, you steer them back in to the group.

"The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it." -Theodore Roosevelt

Institute The Vision

Your goal is clear. You know exactly what you want to achieve, how you want to achieve it and when you want to be there. The team you have put together should be stating the same testament that you believe with the same fervor that you have for achieving the goals in mind. Attitudes are contagious so you should deliver constant reminders of positive vision and achievement paths. Continue to emphasize how you will succeed and your staff will follow suit.

"The task of leadership is not to put greatness into people, but to elicit it, for the greatness is there already." - John Buchan

Confidence Reigns Supreme

Have you ever been inclined to follow someone who was unsure, timid, doubtful or didn't know what they were doing? Confidence seems to have a glow; a luster or sparkle that is unmistakable. When a leader hesitates, it sends a sort of shock wave behind causing the team to hesitate. Do your homework and be sure of your plan. Once you make your decision, follow your course with courage, strength and satisfaction.

Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein | Source

Be a Willow Not an Oak

From time to time you may realize that perhaps you've made a mistake. Don't let the operation fail because you are too stubborn to change your course of action. It's okay to admit that something isn't working. That's a sign of strength, not weakness. It takes a very strong person to say that it's time to change and to admit it to the team. Put the old course of action behind you, move on to the new and keep on truckin'.

If you see a staff member who is "off course", don't let them crash. You're the master and commander of the ship and the success of this voyage is on your shoulders, Captain. As the leader, either guide them back into the ranks or cut them loose. Either way, you must see to the needs of what is best for the entire vessel.

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"A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be." - Rosalyn Carter

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    • krsharp05 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristi Sharp 

      5 years ago from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota.

      Epi, Thank you for your always kind words. It's you who was my first inspiration here on the Hub. I won't forget that. You are like my own personal Yoda :) Great suggestion to add to my list! Wishes and good energy received, and to you. -K

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      epigramman 

      5 years ago

      .....and another key point - don't talk down to anyone , oh God how I hate that - lol - but yes you are a motivational speaker yourself in terms of communicating these wonderful inspiring thoughts onto paper/screen and then having an affect on your readers as well into thinking for themselves and improving the quality of their lives - thanks to awesome people/writers like yourself and that makes you a terrific leader/role model too here at the Hub

      sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 3:49pm

    • krsharp05 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristi Sharp 

      5 years ago from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota.

      SFlovenec, Love that idea. Thank you. -K

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      Frank Slovenec 

      5 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      I am into this topic..maybe an extension is your reminder notebook..the how to..of the article for each of us to remind ourselves after we just crushed someone rather than inspired them..only a thought..

    • krsharp05 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristi Sharp 

      5 years ago from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota.

      FSlovenec, I appreciate you taking the time to read and leave such a nice compliment. I used to keep a notebook handy at all times so that I could write down the things I thought were important to remember. It allowed me to make myself a handbook for the principles and beliefs that I felt were important to practice as a manager. Thank you for the excellent comment. -K

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      Frank Slovenec 

      5 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Well done. Every new supervisor, manager or executive should read this then keep a copy in a place where they can look at it everyday until it is common practice in their environment. Not sure I can imagine how few managers really exercise these common sense guidelines..thank you!

    • krsharp05 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristi Sharp 

      5 years ago from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota.

      lindacee, Thank you for the excellent comment. I agree with you that when a person who is born with those innate gifts finds their true calling, it's like a beautiful dance that comes together at the right moment. Some things cannot be taught. I appreciate you taking the time to read and vote. -K

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      lindacee 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      You bring up good points of being an inspirational leader. Many tend to simply 'walk the walk' and there is no substance or soul behind the person or their words. Can leadership be taught? Yes, however I do think a truly exceptional leader possesses innate qualities that can't be learned from a textbook or weekend seminar. Voted up useful and interesting!

    • krsharp05 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristi Sharp 

      5 years ago from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota.

      Robert, Thanks. I've been fortunate to have some great teachers! I appreciate you reading and commenting. -K

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      Robert Erich 

      5 years ago from California

      I truly enjoyed this read. I love the topic of leadership and you have pointed out some great aspects of it here! Thanks for sharing.

    • krsharp05 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristi Sharp 

      5 years ago from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota.

      Om, I agree. Some people just make you want to follow them. It's definitely contagious. There are people who have great leadership skills and then there are great leaders. That subtle difference is what makes a team into a winning team. Thank you for the great comment. I appreciate you reading. It's great to hear from you. -K

    • Om Paramapoonya profile image

      Om Paramapoonya 

      5 years ago

      Awesome advice! To me, the most amazing characteristic (or talent!) of many great leaders is their ability to inspire and bring out the best qualities in people, which is not an easy task at all. Some leaders may be very confident, intelligent and flexible, but if they can't motivate their team members to do their best, the team might not fully live up to its potential.

    • krsharp05 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristi Sharp 

      5 years ago from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota.

      Prakash, Thank you for reading and for voting. When I think of people who rose to greatness, people like Albert, Mark and Oprah, I know that they couldn't have made it to where they did all on their own. It takes a team to rise to those ranks. I appreciate the compliments and the excellent input. -K

    • Prakash Dighe profile image

      Prakash Dighe 

      5 years ago from Dallas, Texas, USA

      Great Hub! I particularly liked Ted Roosevelt's advice! And your advice to be a willow and not an oak. Some thoughts went through my mind as I went through illustrations of the great personalities that you have shown - Albert Einstein, Mark Zukerberg, Oprah Winfrey. Undoubtedly geniuses and inspiring personalities - but about the leadership part, I'm not too sure! Just my thoughts, but the Hub was very well presented, and I've voted it up!

    • krsharp05 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristi Sharp 

      5 years ago from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota.

      teaches, Thank you for reading and voting. Leadership is a gift that some people just naturally have. I usually find myself standing in awe of people like that - you know, with my mouth open and amazed. I applaud people who recognize their gifts and use them for the greater good. I think it would change the face of the world if more people had great leadership and recognized their talents. -K

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      Great analysis on becoming an inspiring leader. I was especially taken by your remark to be a willow and not an oak. Management tends to stagnate if it is not flexible in their strategic vision. Voted way up.

    • krsharp05 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristi Sharp 

      5 years ago from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota.

      Mhatter, That's quite a big job. I've always been curious about the Freemasons - it sounds so mysterious. I know they are a philanthropic group - sort of fraternity. I think it's important to give back in any way. Thank you for reading and commenting. Good to have you here. -K

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      Good advise! I know because I was blessed to serve the Freemasons of the Bay Area (14 Lodges).

    • krsharp05 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristi Sharp 

      5 years ago from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota.

      I agree leah. It's like parenting :) Just when you think things are moving swiftly, you have to stop the train and take a moment to teach your kids (your team) about what is important. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. -K

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      Leah Lefler 

      5 years ago from Western New York

      This is great advice, krsharp05! Being flexible is absolutely vital to leadership. Things can change on a dime and being adaptable is a necessary trait.

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