Lead People to Believe in Themselves

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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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Lolly Daskal is one of the most sought-after executive leadership coaches in the world. Her extensive cross-cultural expertise spans 14 countries, six languages and hundreds of companies. As founder and CEO of Lead From Within, her proprietary leadership program is engineered to be a catalyst for leaders who want to enhance performance and make a meaningful difference in their companies, their lives, and the world.

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.

  1. Bob Vanourek

    09. Dec, 2014

    Wise insights. Thank you.

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  2. Panteli Tritchew

    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!

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  3. LaRae Quy

    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.

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  4. David Pethick

    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.

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  5. Jo Miller

    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.

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  6. Sandra

    12. Dec, 2014

    Relevant editorial that expresses the essence of advancing human potential through encouraging
    Leadership. Thanks for posting this informative read.

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  7. Sunil Jogdeo

    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.

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  8. Mduduzi

    13. Dec, 2014


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  9. Ann

    15. Dec, 2014

    Good insight!!!

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  10. ike

    15. Dec, 2014

    Wow, that is the anthesis of what the City of Pittsburgh PD does!!!!

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  11. Angie

    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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  14. vaani sharma

    14. May, 2019

    Woow good insight/

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