There are an abundance of “leaders” among us – people in power, business leaders, community leaders, political figures, military leaders, cultural icons, sports figures, and beyond. To be more accurate, there are a myriad of people filling leadership roles, both officially and unofficially. But how many are performing with self-awareness and committed energy?
Inspired leadership, that intangible effect that you know when you see it, is not necessarily in abundance. There are many people who are bearing a leadership title who are not effectively leading because they lack an evident passion and purpose for what they do.
One can muddle along quite fine in a leadership role if there are few bumps in the road and the leader is sufficiently supported by staff and personnel. But to achieve inspired leadership – to be leaders who garner strong results from an energized management team empowered to also lead and advance the organizational vision – takes a personal awareness of passion and purpose in one’s work, interactions, and approach.
- Inspired leaders are able to forge superior teamwork in an atmosphere of excellence that galvanizes a common commitment to organizational success.
Establishing an exceptional atmosphere does not emerge overnight. It is almost always the result of a deliberate process of focused organizational development; however, its index point can typically be traced to inspired leadership – and dedicated followership.
The inspiration point may be more than one singular leader – it may be a team, or fortunate alignment of like-minded high-achievers, but in highly-effective organizations large and small, the wisdom and vigor of leadership will be at the core of broader achievement, with growing and widespread leadership expected throughout.
It is important that leaders discover, develop, and define their passion – seeking to know:
- What’s important to me?
- What do I care about?
- What are my priorities?
- Where can I add unique value?
This in turn will inform their purpose – answering the pivotal question:
- Why am I doing this?
- To what end?
- To whose benefit?
- Where can I make a difference?
While these questions may seem trite, they are very important to understanding the context of performance. It is worthwhile – even critical – to conduct this personal assessment. Knowing what drives you, and why, will inform how you approach your work and workforce in matters large and small.
Leadership is not just getting things done. While that measure may be important, effective and inspired leadership is about further defining the realm of the possible – moving the boundaries and doing it in a way that makes “getting it done” more fulfilling for everyone, and with distinctive outcomes or impact.
Inspired leadership is found in people who perform with passion and purpose.
Horizon Performance Solutions, LLC