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Develop the 4 Qualities of an Inspirational Leader

Here is a very interesting article from HBR regarding the qualities of an inspirational leader. I think this is a great article and should be read by all managers and business leaders.


Develop the 4 Qualities of an Inspirational Leader

Leaders need vision, energy, authority, and a natural strategic ability. But those things don’t necessarily help you inspire your employees to be their best and commit to you as a leader. Here are the four qualities you need to capture the hearts, minds, and spirits of your people:

  1. Humanness. Nobody wants to work with a perfect leader. Build collaboration and solidarity by revealing your weaknesses.
  2. Intuition. To be most effective, you need to know what’s going on without others spelling it out for you. Collect unspoken data from body language and looks given across rooms to help you intuit the underlying messages.
  3. Tough empathy. Care deeply about your employees, but accept nothing less than their very best.
  4. Uniqueness. Demonstrate that you are a singular leader by showing your unique qualities to those around you.

This HBR tip was adapted from HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Leadership, one of six HBR article collections in the popular 10 Must Reads series.


Written by David Frederick

September 22, 2010 at 8:40 AM

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