How Great Leaders Bring Out the Best in Others
Most people possess far more potential than they ever get to use in their day to day lives. A great leader brings out the best in others. Whether a parent, a manager, school teacher or a CEO, we all need to motivate others to put in their best efforts and bring out the best in them. As a parent you want your child to work hard and do better in school. As a manager you may need to encourage your employees to be more productive. As a school teacher you want to students to inculcate good values and habits. As a CEO, you want your top management team to achieve results and stay ahead of competition.
Most people would welcome a boss who can inspire them to put in their best efforts and help them grow and prosper. Most children would love a parent who shows them a way and guides them. Most students will thank and remember a teacher who inspired them to develop a love for learning. Most managers would cherish working for a CEO who inspires them to achieve business results and develop and grow at the same time. Almost everyone wants to be inspired and motivated.
Why do some leaders succeed in motivating their people while others can’t inspire their people despite all efforts? In this brief article – I will share 3 principles for inspiring people in all walks of life – work or family, business or non-profit, education or social causes.
- Expect the best of people – A leader’s expectations from her people become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Leader’s attitudes and beliefs are contagious. When a leader does not believe in or expect the best of the employee, this message is conveyed through the body language and the employee performance suffers. On the other hand, when a leader makes people feel capable and believes in them, people put in their best efforts to live up to this expectation. Great leaders expect the best and give people a “worthy reputation” to live up to.
- Establish high standards of performance – Inspiring leaders set high standards of performance. However they understand that the high standards cannot be achieved overnight. So they break down long term vision into goals and stretch tasks. Once people achieve these stretch goals, leader raises the bar a little higher to challenge people to take it up a notch.
- Recognize and applaud achievement – One of the deepest human need is to feel needed, wanted and appreciated. Very few workplaces have a culture of appreciating small and large achievements. Creating a culture of genuinely appreciating the contributions and efforts raises morale of the employees. Employees who feel appreciated and valued perform better and are more loyal.
If you aspire to be an inspiring leader, find ways to routinely include these three principles into your day to day interactions with employees and see the improvement in their morale as well as performance.
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