Inspirational Leaders Focus on These Three Things – Will You?
Are you facing an opportunity where you could step into a leadership role, but you’re not quite sure if you can or should? How do you know if you’re ready to lead others? Or if you’re already a leader, how can you become one of the truly inspirational leaders of our times?
It would be a mistake to turn down opportunities to lead because of preconceived notions about yourself and your world. You have a gift, and only by unlocking the full potential of what and who you can be can you share that gift with others.
A fantastic place to accelerate your growth is by modeling the behavior of successful and inspirational leaders. How did they become empowered to lead others? What do they focus on to inspire long-lasting change? As leadership expert, Andrey Sergeyev says, “If you want your life and work to be meaningful, then focus on the things that matter most and spend your time, efforts and resources on those things that ARE meaningful.”
Inspirational leaders consistently focus on these three empowering areas:
- Focus on self: Examine your strengths, limitations, desires and ambitions in the light of this empowering truth – you have the wonderful gift of choice and can become whoever you want to be.
Getting in touch with your inner self gives you more resources to draw from so you can make better decisions. Self-understanding lets you “hear” without judgment the subtle cues that your body is telling you. It means being totally honest with yourself, and being vulnerable enough to expose your real self without fear of rejection, knowing that expressing vulnerability actually engages you more fully with your audience.
The goal isn’t to become self-centered, but rather self-controlled, which you can access through these three steps:
- Disengage your focus from an immediate desire or response.
- Resist distraction so you can be present in the moment.
- Concentrate on the ultimate goal because you’ve envisioned how good it will feel when it’s achieved.
- Focus on others: Being present without blame and relating to others on their level allows you to inquire into their feelings, values, and strengths, thereby bringing out the best in them. This requires that you cultivate a social sensitivity for instinctively reading situations correctly and then behaving in a manner that puts people at ease.
Empathy is vital for developing this skill. You can display empathy in three constructive ways: 1) understand another person’s perspective, 2) feel what the other person feels, and 3) sense what that person needs from you in return.
Have the heart to connect with people on their level, building rapport and trust as you deliver value and substance. Your whole demeanor – facial expressions, words, the tone of voice, body language – needs to exude a confidence, helpfulness, and trustworthiness.
- Focus on the world: Inspirational leaders aren’t narrow in their focus. They’re inspirational because they are visionaries who sense the long-range consequences of their decisions. This interest in the world around us is often what sparks innovation. It comes from looking beyond the present and letting your thoughts roam into the unfamiliar.
This broader focus also means being strong enough to stand up for your values, while making executive choices. You’ll put personal preferences aside, so as to benefit the group as a whole because you see the big picture.
As you can see, to successfully lead and inspire others means stepping outside of your comfort zone. It means owning your feelings of fear and anxiety, yet balancing them with the full range of your emotional state. You can develop the ability to choose the thoughts, feelings, and actions that serve you as a leader and inspire those around you.
Are you ready to become a truly inspirational leader in your community? If so, we’d love to partner with you as you develop a reliable foundation for your leadership. Why not start making plans to join our next NLP Training? In just a few days, you’ll learn how to create an outstanding and empowered life for yourself and those you lead. And if you haven’t done so already, please sign up for our newsletter and we’ll keep you posted on leadership trainings slated for 2017.
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