The Pacific Institute 24.03.2011

At least once in our lives, circumstances force us to become leaders in our own way. Across various societies, a strong leadership is needed to impose order and smoothly facilitate the flow of affairs.  However, some people need others to help bring out their leadership skills. To lead is one thing, but to inspire is another. To inspire others to become leaders is an altogether different endeavour.

Inspiring Others to Step up and Lead

  1. Set a good example— For you to convince people to become leaders, you must first have ascendancy yourself. Anyone can claim to be a leader, but as the cliché goes, actions speak louder than words. People will watch you more than they will ever lend their ears. As such, you must be someone worth emulating.

  1. Never forget to encourage— Everyone goes through rough times. During these times, people need support and encouragement for them to continue forward. The road to leadership is ridden with countless challenges, and such blocks are not always easy to conquer, but by encouraging people tirelessly, you may be able to bring out the best of them.

  1. Exhibit genuine care— Quite a lot of people do not really care how much you know, unless they see how much you care. Invest in simple moments where you ask them questions, or exchange simple pleasantries with them. Of course having a genuine interest to transform people into leaders is a plus, but a pat in the back, or simple encouragements would do for starters.

  1. Be an effective communicator— Be wary of how you speak. Be conscious of what you say. More often, words hurt more than physical injuries. Remember that inspiring others to become leader does not necessarily mean pampering them with praises, so they are shielded from criticism. Be sure to strike a balance in whatever you mean or say.

  1. Challenge them periodically— Experience is still the best teacher in town. As such, to allow your team to gauge and test the development of their leadership skills, give them simple drills or problems to solve using given conditions and situations. Many among us have had teachers who were more like tormentors than a mentor. As you challenge someone to do his best, he will be constantly trained and eventually, become good leaders. Always challenge people for the better.

  1. Share your own experiences— You may not realize it, but you have got lots to share. Drawing from your own point of view, share your wisdom about work, personal struggles and anything that might inspire your staff to take lead.

Not everyone can answer the call of leadership, but you can inspire people to take the call with a few simple steps. Building up another leader will help train your staff, at the same time, it will let them know that there’s progression in their career.

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Paul Bailey

Paul is a highly experienced Business Coach, Mentor and Personal Development Specialist. He works with people to enhance business and personal performance through a process of supported self-awareness and self- development. Paul is the Co-Author of the book 80 Tips.