It is said that Walt Disney could squeeze out the creativity from the artists’ minds after they themselves believed that the ideas had dried up. Walt Disney helped people go a step beyond to make “fantasyland” real. Former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau inspired a nation to action, with inspiration, energy and vision to begin the journey to a true national Canadian identity. President John F Kennedy put the question to a generation: “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” Mother Theresa inspired us all by giving nourishment to the hearts of all people. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke words that gave new magnitude to the way society looks at itself. “I have a dream”
These leaders had something in common. They had the ability to move people to greater achievements, to appeal to the individual’s highest motives and to help everyone feel involved. Their leadership skills are relevant in all roles where success depends on the ability to influence and motivate others to action. Whether you call yourself a leader, a manager, a coach, a parent, an administrator, or a president, your most important inner resource is you. The most crucial element of success (in reaching your goal) is your ability to influence, inspire, motivate and encourage your people.
Those who have the desire to call others to committed action are often referred to as leaders or great communicators. But they were not born leaders or communicators the day they entered the world. No, as leaders they were born the day that they developed the desire, and knowledge to lead and learned the skills to support their mission; presentation, communication and persuasion inspiring people to action.
As a facilitator and as an executive coach I have had the privilege of observing leaders make decisions, lead change, fail miserably and succeed beyond expectations. I am fascinated by people and how they go about doing what they do, I have always been this way and I suspect I always will be. I have worked with a Prime Minister, a Premier and many CEOs and those that wish to become CEOs. Those that assume that their role and title gives them authority to lead often get the biggest surprise.
I look forward to being of service – all the best Geoffrey