“Today we need inspiring leaders,” has Bill Gates said back in 2014 at a conference about climate change. And after that, asked what inspiring leadership means, he defined five characteristics of the Inspiring leader. In the last eight to ten years, we often hear about inspiring leadership. More than two hundred books are published in the previous four years on the topic. The inspiring leader’s mythical figure is now part of the “culture” of most of the largest companies. Definitions are created, profiles explained, and much more done.
The years back have given us many inspiring leaders’ profiles, but four characteristics rise to define this mythical person from all the models, definitions, and explanations. Of course, there is no ideal profile, and you must always search it through the description your company or community is ready to accept, but here you can see these universal characteristics, defining the inspirational leadership specifics.
Clarity of vision
You cannot start something new and involve people if you do not have a clear vision. Inspiring leadership has its wins because the leader expresses confidence in what he says. No matter what he does, the leader shows that he strongly believes in all the things he presents to others. He is sharing the vision with the understanding that the final destination is reachable and there is a path already drafted to that destination.
The courage of convictions and beliefs
People are social and need to be part of a structure. We often need to see someone ready to lead us. Many people talk about how things need to be done, but the willingness drops when they have to do them. An inspiring leader is someone who demonstrates courage to finish the job. He is here to transmit his energy to others and, with inspiration, to make mistakes and try new things. Through personal example, the inspirational leader involves others in the process and provokes them to think and act toward the goal and the final destination
Personal values compare to the company or group values
What makes most of the leaders not successful is that their values differ from the company’s. The leader must be seen as someone representing the company’s values. It is hard to be seen as an example of what the company means if your personal beliefs are different. And people trust more to what they see instead of what they hear. The genuinely successful inspiring leader values aligning with the company’s written and communicated values.
Alignment by itself is a complex state of mind and action seen as a multi-layered structure. It all starts with personal values. After defining them, the leader needs to move forward. The next crucial step is to determine its leadership values.
Both – personal and leadership values – define the leader’s behavior, values, and attitudes. These two elements, by definition, are unique characteristics.
The fourth step moves forward to the company. No matter how the company operates, if you want to be inspiring and involve everyone to change the status quo, you will need to align your personal and leadership profiles with the company values profile. There will be differences, but the more alignments you find, the more convictions you will ensure now and in the future.
Inspiring leadership is a topic for more than a decade. People worldwide talk about inspiration and how to achieve better results while inspiring followers for action. But the one simple thing in the ground of these theories is that inspired achievements result from aligned and consistent behavior between the leader’s values and the company set norms.