Is Your Leadership Inspirational?

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Is Your Leadership Inspirational?

Encourager-In-Chief: January 25th, 2017

Do you walk your talk?

How do you get people to follow your lead? This is not only important for business owners, but also for those who volunteer. In the latter case, you don’t have the leverage of a paycheck on your side to get people to follow you. You have to depend on your ability to inspire people to want to follow you.

Years ago, I met a woman who worked at the Department of Labor and Industry in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Laura held a very high level management position and she told me an interesting story about how she inspired her employees. At the time, the State’s filing system was horribly backlogged. Laura, the inspirational leader, offered a challenge to her staff. She said for every 1000 files her employees brought up-to-date, she would allow them to cut off 1 inch of her very long hair.

The good news was the staff rose to the challenge and got 13,000 files up-to-date by the agreed-upon deadline. The bad news is, it was only a drop in the bucket! However, Laura made good on her promise. Can you imagine standing there with a pair of scissors in your hair cutting off 13 inches of your boss’s hair? When the deed was done, Laura donated her hair to Locks of Love, an organization that provides wigs to burn victims and cancer patients.

Laura’s example demonstrates what it means to be committed and invested in your people and your cause. If you want to people follow you, let them see how committed you are to the outcome.

Another one of my clients named Dave was a brand new supervisor working at a new company when he learned one of his employees was about to be fired. The higher ups in the organization thought she had made some mistakes on a customer’s job and were going to let her go. Dave wasn’t even sure the employee had worked on that particular project. Unfortunately, the only way he could tell for certain was to climb into the dumpster and find the notes for that particular job—which he did—ruining his clothes and shoes in the process.

Although he was not reimbursed for his losses, he was able to save his employee’s job. Why did he do this for someone who he hardly knew? Because it was the right thing to do. I’m challenging you to act in a similar manner when it’s your turn to go to bat for one of your people.

There is never a wrong time to do the right thing.
- Ancient proverb

This excerpt is taken from my How to Deliver Inspired Leadership seminar.

Inspired Leadership I: How To Deliver Inspired Leadership

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I encourage you to order my Become a Leader Worth Following audio program which also includes this lesson.

Become a Leader Worth Following

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