Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Secrets of Inspirational Leadership

Adapted From gbsgroup post

Great leaders inspire their people in a way that fosters creativity, innovation, and high performance. In today's demanding business environment, such inspiration is not a luxury, but a necessity. Leaders that practice this kind of philosophy develop highly resilient, high-performance teams that can operate in any situation.
But what are these principles of performance that result in success?
What are the secrets of the greatest leaders that are coming to the forefront in the new millennium?

The 8 Secrets of Inspirational Leadership

The 8 Secrets comprise our philosophy for creating the energy and spirit that sustain high performance teams. These secrets instill personal and group confidence, thus help to create an environment where champions are inevitable. This leadership philosophy builds upon two basic rules of human nature, includes five primary elements that address human nature in the context of high performance teamwork, and is tied together by a singular type of energy. The 8 Secrets are:

Secret 1: Everyone wants to be a part of something bigger than oneself.

Secret 2: Everyone wants to feel valued.

Secret 3: To build a team, you must DEFINE THE PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVE
� Leaders must clearly articulate the specific objectives of the team, including the expected timeframe for achieving the objectives.
� Leaders must create objectives that are both challenging and achievable.

Secret 4: To inspire followers, you must ENNOBLE THE EFFORT
� Leaders must help individuals to feel part of something bigger than oneself.
� Leaders must highlight the intrinsic value of the team in its historical and organizational framework.

Secret 5: High performance teams are possible if leaders EMPOWER INDIVIDUALS
� Leaders should take the time to make each team member special.
� Leaders need to provide the framework for individual accomplishment to support team objectives.

Secret 6: Leaders and teams must make time to CELEBRATE THE JOURNEY
� Win every day.
� Leaders and followers must create an awareness of the rewards that occur along the journey.

� Challenge each team member to make a personal commitment to be the best they can be.
� Develop the value of the team's objectives within individual team members.

Secret 8: Sustained team high performance is tied together by POSITIVE ENGAGED ENERGY

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