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Learn to inspire

I received one of those "inspirational" calendars for the holidays. Here was the quote from January 1, 2005:

"This bright, new day...complete with 24 hours of opportunities, choices and attitudes...a perfectly matched set of 1440 minutes. This unique gift, cannot be exchanged, replaced or refunded. Handle with Care. Make the most of it. There is only one to a customer." Author unknown

I feel more inspired already! All kidding aside, this would be a great way for leaders to approach their work days. Start the New Year trying to make the most of all the moments in your day.

According to a recent report commissioned by the Department of Trade, inspiration is the single most important factor a majority of employees would like to see in their leaders. You could get them all calendars, but this might not do the trick. So where do you start? Here are a few suggestions:

  • Take time to point out employees' strengths which will inspire them to use their talents.

  • For example: "I like the way you managed that conflict in the meeting; you're good at finding the diplomatic solutions to problems."

  • Show confidence and trust in your team to handle tasks for you.

  • Establish an open door policy so staff keeps the lines of communication open; take time to talk with your staff about the issues on their minds.

  • Share your goals and visions for the year and encourage the team to help you accomplish these goals.

Robert Nardelii, Chairman, President and CEO of Home Depot, said: "Effective leadership is the difference between winning and losing in the marketplace. It is what makes strategy come to life."

Take time in 2005 to inspire the people around you and you to will make the leadership difference.

Happy New Year from Leadership Solutions.

"Helping leaders with creative and flexible solutions
to increase their effectiveness."

Donna Dennis
Telephone: 609-333-0144