A FRIDAY question – What is an inspirational leader?

November 8, 2013

A few people have me about inspirational leadership.

This is my video blog trying to express what it means to me. I’d love to hear your thoughts too!


  1. Thanks for sharing, Sandy!

  2. This is great, short and sweet. Thanks for posting.

    • Do you agree with the thoughts? Who has been your most inspirational leader and why?

      • There are quite a few candidates, both at my workplace, and away from it. I wouldn’t say there is 1 that is clearly above the rest, but rather there are several people in which I can take certain aspects of their leadership skills.

  3. An inspiring leader makes sure his/her people have what they need to do the job, and then trusts them to take on bigger, more ambitious projects. A relationship based on trust and respect makes people want to do their very best, and capable of taking risks.

    • Super. I love it!

  4. Well said. This is a great reminder for managers, thanks for posting.

    • Thank Rod.

  5. Such a good message Sandy – an inspired team or entrepreneur can move mountains!

    • YES! Inspiration is essential!

  6. Inspirational leaders do three things for me
    #1. Get me invested in their vision
    #2. Provide a clear notion of why I matter to that vision
    #3. Personalize it in an way that I don’t want to let them down.

    • I really love these 3. Does it matter if you like them?

      • Sure it helps if you like the leader, but certainly not a requirement. By way of a metaphor, If you ask me to help you move or paint your family room I really have to like you, but if you want me to help you raise a new barn or build a cool new multi-level deck with a fire pit I will connect with the end result and it doesn’t matter as much if I like you. In the later case I would even bring the pizza and beer.

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