How the Best Leaders Energize People
If you want to be a great leader, you must be a great communicator. The Inspiration Code: How the Best Leaders Energize People Every Day explores the link between leadership and communication.
Kristi Hedges is a leadership coach specializing in executive communication. You may have read one of her articles in “Forbes” or encountered her other book, The Power of Presence . Her extensive research and survey into what inspires people was fascinating. I recently asked Kristi about her latest work on inspiration in the workplace.
4 Factors to Enhance Your Inspirational Effect
Tell me more about the four factors that enhance our inspirational effect, what you call the Inspire Path.
The Inspire Path puts a structure to the research I found that uncovers what communication behaviors inspire others. It’s a guide to increase inspirational impact. While we can’t force someone to be inspired—and if we try to push, it backfires—we can create the conditions that foster inspiration. People are most often inspired through certain types of conversation with others. If we want be more inspiring, we should focus on being:
PRESENT: investing our full attention and letting conversations flow
PERSONAL: speaking genuinely, listening generously, and acknowledging the potential of those around us
PASSIONATE: exhibiting sincere emotion and exuding energy attuned to the situation
PURPOSEFUL: helping others find meaning and see their place in the bigger picture
How do you train Type-A, driven, device-obsessed executives to be more present?