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7 Characteristics of Inspiring Leaders

Effective leaders create movements that only exist when people choose to follow in their footsteps. Without a leader, movements disintegrate and fail. The role of the leader is to motivate individuals to collaborate in the service of something bigger than themselves.

Unfortunately, there are far too many bosses leading businesses and far too few leaders. The title “boss” solely denotes authority over others. To be dubbed a leader, you must inspire your team to believe in a single vision by your actions and words. The capacity to foster staff dedication and engagement, which is the cornerstone for sustained success, is the mark of a true leader. To begin leading rather than commanding, and to imitate the practices of inspiring leaders.

Leaders Spread Positivity

Leaders that are truly inspirational can see the positive side of any situation. They understand that wallowing in dread and gloom accomplishes nothing, so they remain beacons of hope in the face of obstacles and setbacks. Naturally, issues arise, and troubleshooting is unavoidable. Show folks the silver lining if you want to be truly inspirational.

Leaders are Grateful for their Team

Nothing strips away a team’s commitment like the feeling that their efforts are going unrecognized. Leaders who do not express gratitude to their team put their companies at risk of more turnover, reduced output, and general fatigue.

Even simple acts of gratitude demonstrate that people are valued. Send birthday cards, and when incentives and praises are achieved, give them out. Even a simple “Thank you, this project would not have been possible without you” can motivate and reinforce your team.

Leaders Have Clear Objectives

The greatest leaders of our time were capable of articulating a vision so clear that it appeared to have already materialized. Inspiring leaders know what they want their future to look like and can show others how to get there by their words, actions, and beliefs. To properly inspire, be clear about what you want to accomplish.

Leaders Listen

Listening is not the same as hearing. Instead of letting it go in one ear and out the other, inspirational leaders actually listen to what is expressed to them and respond properly. Maintain an open door policy to receive feedback from your staff and to encourage them to contribute to the common good. Because everyone participates and everyone is important, the organization gains a shared feeling of value.

Leaders Have Clear Communication

Forward movement is halted quickly if a leader’s communication is not understood. Some executives believe that sending short notes or holding quick meetings will accomplish more.

Cutting corners on communication, on the other hand, can only result in mishaps and time-consuming reiterations.

Misunderstandings occur, feelings are hurt, projects go wrong, and frustrations rise. True leaders understand the need of taking the appropriate amount of time with each communication to ensure that everyone is on board and moving forward.

Leaders are Trustworthy

When a leader’s first focus is success, even at the expense of the team’s well-being, customers and employees are considerably more inclined to abandon ship. By telling the truth, keeping their promises, and living honestly and genuinely, leaders encourage people to look up to them. When employees are proud of their leaders and their company, inspiration isn’t far behind.

Leaders are Passionate

Being an inspirational leader necessitates a passion for your company’s mission. When performed for somebody who is disinterested about anything, work becomes an useless task. Your colleagues will not understand why the work you do is important if you do not. Maintain your focus on your vision. Your enthusiasm will serve as a constant reminder to your team as to why they do what they do.

Walt Disney once said, “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”. To be successful is to have no limitations, it is to work through all obstacles, to have extreme passion for life, and love for others, and this seems to be the underlying motto of Amber Drake’s life. Drake is a highly accomplished, world-renowned, and published book author, freelance writer and editor, inspirational speaker, an inspiring teacher, a well-reputed canine behaviourist, a canine cancer researcher, and the CEO of Canine Companions. As a child, she was keenly interested in the veterinary field and this interest paved way for her to be the successful businesswoman she is today. Starting with an Associate of Science degree in Biology in 2007 from Jamestown Community College, she has since expanded her knowledge horizon by acquiring a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree with courses from both SUNY Fredonia and Cornell University, followed by a Master of Arts Degree in Education (2011) from Ashford University, a Post-Master’s Educational Certification, and a Doctorate in ABD from the North Central University, Prescott Valley Arizona. Driven by her love for dogs, she regards her company, Canine Companions, as her greatest work-related accomplishment. She wrote the book, ‘Dog Talk: What Your Dog Wants You To Know’ as a comprehensive guide to understanding the behavior of dogs. She has since been involved in numerous writing jobs in the field, varying from writing about veterinary medicine for pet insurance companies to serving as the Co-founder and Vice President at Preferable Pups. She actively engages in content management, copywriting and research work, ghost-writing, and content marketing for organizations around the world. In addition to being an incredibly successful writer, canine behaviorist, and a CEO, she is an educator as well as an experienced curriculum developer. She is a Professor of Veterinary Medicine at Mentoray, where she teaches and develops curriculum. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Professional Sciences at Kaplan University and an Adjunct Instructor of Biology at Jamestown Community College (10+ years). Drake is a woman of many skills. She has been in the freelance content writing field for almost 7 years now with a vast amount of writing experience throughout the past ten years. She is a proficient copywriter, blogger, and has years of experience in content management and development, content creation proofreading, written communication, and correspondence. She has a number of certifications including, but not limited to, Canine Psychology, SEO, Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Snapchat Marketing, and Google AdWords. Drake is a woman of extreme passion with great love for her work as a canine behaviourist, writer, and college professor. You can read more about her on her website http:/www.AmberLDrake.org or connect with her on her Facebook page, www.facebook.com/specialistamberdrake.

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