“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

Inspiration Overview

To inspire others a leader must be passionate about the goals of the team or organization. Inspiration is the motivating force that brings people together to achieve a vision. Inspiration is also solidly connected to integrity. A leader who seeks to inspire others must set a positive example in all areas.

Why Inspiration is Important to a Leader

When asked to define leadership, many people say that a leader is someone who inspires others to achieve a vision. This signifies the importance of inspiration in giving people a reason to follow a leader. Without inspiration, followers may go through the motions but will not be passionate about what they are doing and the results will reflect this lack of enthusiasm.

We want our leaders to be inspirational. We want to rally around a person or a cause that inspires us. But, it is not just “what you say” that may be inspirational, it is also “how you say it.” So much of inspiration depends on how the leader communicates the vision and the reasons for their passion and commitment to a goal. Inspiration must be demonstrated and communicated to give the team the motivation to achieve beyond what is expected.

Leaders must also inspire team members to set their individual goals and helps them map a path to achieve their personal vision. When followers know that a leader cares about their personal development, they become more passionate about achieving the team or organization’s vision.inspiration

Benefits for the Leader

Leaders who are inspirational achieve their goals because they have followers who are as passionate and committed as they are about the vision. A team that is inspired by a leader goes above and beyond and often achieves much more than others expected of them. The leader who is passionate about the vision creates positive behavioral differentiation and stands out to all they come in contact with.

Top 3 Coaches Recommendations for Inspiration

  1. When communicating your vision, do not hesitate to draw on experience outside your sector. Give the vision life beyond simply being a goal to achieve. Tell a positive story about a leader who was passionate about their vision and relate it to your passion for the vision.
  2. Inspirational leaders ground their behaviors and actions in integrity. Think of some leaders who may have been inspirational but lacked integrity. What were the results?
  3. Be passionate about your vision – live it, sell it, and give meaning to it so others understand the vision and its importance.

Be determined to improve your inspiration skills and behaviors. Take the short inspiration self-assessment on this page to identify where to improve your inspiration skills and behaviors. Then, get more coaches’ recommendations in Chapter 7 of The Leadership Compass: Mapping Your Leadership Direction to help you fine-tune your inspiration skills and behaviors.



Measure your inspiration skills and behaviors!
Select your level of agreement with each statement in the self-assessment.
When answering the questions, consider how others might evaluate your inspiration.


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