The best leaders are those who lead people to believe in themselves.
People believe in themselves when they have a reason to commit to something significant and meaningful.
When people feel inspired by their leader, leadership is at its best. When people are made to feel important, when they know they matter and they have an important role, they bring their best to all they need to accomplish. Inspiration drives motivation.
When people understand the direction of the vision, leadership is at its prime. People need to know where they are heading and why they are headed there. Once they have that knowledge, they can leverage their talent to achieve great results. Direction fosters purpose.
When people feel safe to make mistakes, leadership is supportive. While success relies on innovation and creativity, it also takes many mistakes to succeed. When your people feel safe to fail, you have done your job in preparing them to meet challenges and letting them know they will go unscathed when they make mistakes. A safety net promotes security.
When people experience trust in their own ability, leadership is at its peak. Those you entrust feel important and empowered. Trust encourages people to bring their talent and knowledge and become part of the team. Trust leads to confidence.
When people know they can contribute in a meaningful way, leadership is optimal. It is important for people to know that they have a genuine contribution to make, that what they do is instrumental in achieving significant results. Meaning creates justification.
Give your people a reason to believe in themselves and watch them create something meaningful and significant.
Lead From Within: When you believe in people, you get people to believe in themselves. And when that happens you can achieve great things together.
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The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness
After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.
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Of Lolly’s many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine. Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World. Her writing has appeared in HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and others. Her newest book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness has become a national bestseller.
09. Dec, 2014
Wise insights. Thank you.
09. Dec, 2014
We all remember moments when someone pushed us outside our comfort zones. By definition, it was uncomfortable; from that, we succeeded and celebrated or failed and learned. Either way, we grew. Leading someone to believe in themselves and to uncover their hidden talents—what a gift! Great insights, Lolly!
10. Dec, 2014
I think one of the most important skills of a leader is to instill confidence in their team members. This can be hard, especially if the leader has no confidence in themselves.
Our emotions leak out, and if we don’t believe in ourselves, we can’t bring it out in others.
11. Dec, 2014
Thanks Lolly. Good insight into inspirational leadership.
When combined with authentic leadership, with ownership of the answers to the question “Why?”, this is a powerful model that can unite and energize a team.
12. Dec, 2014
Believing in ourselves and beleiving in others is a practice in focus. When we chose to focus on potential and opportunity rather than limits and barriers,we build a stronger path to success and better teams. We chose resillient leadership.
Thank you for another inpiring post Lolly.
12. Dec, 2014
Relevant editorial that expresses the essence of advancing human potential through encouraging
Leadership. Thanks for posting this informative read.
13. Dec, 2014
Hello Lolly..you are a factory of producing insightful crisp articles. it is very difficult to provide variety on one subject and you have been doing it.
I just felt (a) feeling of `safe` should not be restricted to only `mistakes`. A leader should pass on the feeling of `being safe in the hands of the leader` to his followers or people every moment. This is true with all leaders, even head of the family. (b) people must see leader engaged in problem solving processes. A leader who solves organisational (employer + employee + customer + other stake holders like share holders) problems with speed and accuracy, is always followed.
Just a food for thought. Keep inspiring by your articles.
13. Dec, 2014
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15. Dec, 2014
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01. Jan, 2015
I absolutely love your blog and insight on leadership. You are very encouraging and an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your wisdom on leadership. AMAZING stuff!!
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26. Apr, 2017
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14. May, 2019
Woow good insight/