If you want to be a leader of any kind, one of the key ingredients you will need is your ability to inspire others. For some people this is a trait which comes very easily to them and one that they don’t need to work very hard on, for others however, this is not the case and they must work extremely hard on honing their skills, in order to inspire those around them.
The best way of learning how to inspire people, is to watch how others do it and learn from them. For example people like the inspiration Marc Leder, CEO of Sun Capital Partners Group and a highly successful man. Watching and learning from people like Marc can really help you. There is no rule of thumb when inspiring others, but these are some of the things which you should be trying to do.
Care For People
When it comes to inspiring others, it is vital that the people who you are trying to inspire, know that you care for them, and that you want them to feel inspired. If you are trying to inspire someone who thinks that you don’t care about them, your words and actions are guaranteed to fall on deaf ears.
Some people do need an arm around them when you are offering inspiration, others need what is called the stick, as in beating them with a stick. Naturally you aren’t going to inspire too many people if you literally beat them with a stick, so let’s use the analogy here, which means that you should be challenging people to reach beyond what they think their capabilities are, and keep pushing them until they have achieved more than they thought possible.
Another approach you can use to inspire people is the carrot and the stick which means that you challenge them to reach for something which they can call an achievement. The difference with this and the stick method is that you only dangle the opportunity in front of them, it is then up to them to work hard in order to achieve it.
Leading By Example
Many people are best inspired when they see you being successful at doing what you want them to do. Through your example you can set an inspiration that others can use, and push them to do more than they previous thought was possible. Don’t ever underestimate the impact which your actions can have on other people.
Stories of Inspiration
Some people are inspired when they hear stories of other people who have overcome a challenge in their lives. People who grew up in poor neighborhoods for example who went on to become highly successful, stories like these are incredible inspirational and can push someone to do more in their own lives.
The key to inspiring people is to first understand what kind of inspiration they need, and then tapping into it to help them find success.