Meeting someone for the first time triggers a response. It is that person’s presence. Presence is that portion of another human being that you sense without consciously trying to do so. This presence can be small or large, compelling or repelling, indefinite yet palpable; it is the basis of connection between human beings. Each of us has presence, and that presence can be sensed by others around us. What is your presence? If it’s inspirational you are well-placed to lead.
It may be easy for you to lead but only an inspirational leader will help create effective and lasting change. Leadership and change are tied tightly together, as you rarely lead people to where they already are. New undertakings and directions are achieved when people see the world in new ways and spend their days doing different things. Therefore, it is critical to understand the aspects of how people engage new concepts and how a leader can influence this.
If inspired leadership is the ideal then how can you exercise that style? What steps are needed to become an inspirational leader? The answer, believe it or not, is simple. “Be inspired.” This is the first place of leadership. Each of us has to find the thing in life that really turns us on, that lights up our eyes, that makes us want to leap out of bed in the morning because we can’t wait to be involved with it. We find our passion in the middle of this space of caring, and we learn that our actions produce results, and create things that we can love.
It’s possible to pick up a cold from those around you. It’s also possible to pick up inspiration and many other positive attributes from your colleagues. If you’re an inspirational leader you can spread the good word almost everywhere you go. But person to person is by far the most effective method of operation. If we go to a comedy club and sit in a room full of people who are laughing, the show likely will seem uproariously funny.
The key for leaders is that every group, at a deep and subconscious level, is looking for the person in that group who is the emotional leader and who will provide group direction and guidance. If there is a social hierarchy at play, those patterns help the group attune to a person more quickly and consistently.
We lead better and follow better when the mtheood or atmosphere is positive. We are inspired when the vibe is good. Most of us know this from experience. If we are in a relationship of any sort—work, family, romantic, or social—where the mood is unhappy, heavy, or depressing, we feel ourselves dragged down. We will feel uninspired. Conversely, if that same situation has optimism and enthusiasm, we will feel that mood moving through us as well.
In many cases the leader or chief is known as the boss. They are the person who is in charge through his or her formal authority. But in reality, a large percentage of people who have the title or designation of leader are not leading at all. They may be directing or providing managerial functions, but they are not leading. They are in positions to exercise power through authority.
For many there is little if any difference between leaders. Not so. In truth, a sustainable organization is built through a shared intention of a group of people, not the control actions of one. This comes through the people’s collective choice to follow the passion of its leadership, whether one person or many. The key word here is sustainable. If you wish your business to truly prosper, a willing follower attracted by the passion of their leader is the ideal and only choice.
Before you can successfully lead others, you need to successfully lead yourself. More than anything else, this should become a practice throughout your life. Every thought and every action you make constitutes the whole of how you are defined as a leader. You need to become aware of what you are saying and doing. Once you become mindful of how you talk to yourself, you can understand that those words and emotions are a rehearsal for how you will talk to others.