A leader who is inspirational draws people in through their words, and most importantly, their actions.
A vision is cast.
An element of the presentation resonates with the audience. A seed of belief is planted. That seed sprouts quickly and produces a burning in the belly that propels.
Outstanding. Now what?
There's a classic war movie based on the events of Pearl Harbor. As depicted, American pilots were challenged to fly bombers off the bow of aircraft carriers. Impossible. The guy in charge inspires them through his powerful words and work ethic. However. Inspiration did not catch fire after the speech. Inspiration did not catch fire after he rolled up his sleeves and worked alongside them. Inspiration caught fire when HE flew the plane off the ship. Proving it could be done. Showing them the impossible was indeed possible.
How does one influence others from a passive state to an active one for the vision to become a reality?
Here's what I have found through working with dozens of leaders:
People can practice what they preach,
Best foot forward,
Walk the Walk AND Talk the Talk,
Crafting every move.
And still, fall flat.
There's an element of inspiration that MUST transfer off the page and away from the megaphone into the day to day grind. To inspire in the real world is to flesh out expectations within walls. Not figurative walls. Literal places of business. An inspiring leader has to be willing to roll up crisp white sleeves and dirty them in pursuit of demonstrating pace and example—coming out on the other side whole, unimpaired, prosperous, and real.
Research successful leaders in the world of business, education, and politics. Were they inspiring to others? How did that inspiration come to life?
Verse: Proverbs 3:13-14
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.