Leading a successful business can often feel like a battle. You are at war with the competition; you are fighting to provide the best service for ever-more demanding customers; your people – who are supposed to be your foot soldiers – seem to be dragging their feet instead of battling along side you.

No wonder leaders feel wounded!

In so many of the organisations I’ve been asked to work with, this sense of being in a war zone is palpable. People are afraid, exhausted and can’t see what they are fighting for. They want a cause worth fighting for and yet they can’t find it.

So how can you fire people up to follow your lead? What will it take to inspire them?

Leadership, to me, isn’t about telling people what to do or pushing them along, whether they like it or not. It is becoming a leader that people want to follow. You become the example. You know you stand for and standing for it every day. You work on yourself constantly so that you can look in the mirror and say, “this is a person that I would follow.”

By doing that, you show everyone around you that it is okay for them to do the same. You make the connection and give them the cause to follow.

If you want to heal your business and yourself the best ‘secret weapon’ that you have is your people.

  • Are you ready to rise up to the challenge of becoming a successful business by being the example and inspiring your people to do the same?
  • What are the leadership qualities that you have seen in others that have made you want to follow?
  • What qualities do you have that inspire the people around you?

Share your experiences in the comments below. Join the debate to create a world of Inspirators. 

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