Sunday, March 20, 2011

5 Attributes (A's) of an Inspirational Leader

Dr John C. Maxwell says that the ranks of leadership are inhabited by a host of mirages: people who look impressive from a distance, but end up being disappointments. After being fooled by a few mirages, followers become jaded about leadership. That seems as true now as it ever has been. Our trust in leaders has been shaken as politicians have reneged on promises, CEOs have squandered money entrusted to their firms, and managers have advanced self-interests above all else.

To restore society's confidence with those in power, leaders have to be able to inspire. People are looking for a leader attuned to their personal needs. They want leaders who will encourage them, believe in their potential, and help them grow.

According to John Maxwell, the 5 Attributes  (A's) of an Inspirational Leader:


Inspirational leadership can be confused with momentary charisma. Inspiring is more of a process than an event. More than a brilliant speech, it's cultivating habits of brilliance that manifest themselves regularly.

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