Have a clear vision – Start with Why
Start with Why is Simon Sinek’s mission to help others do work, which inspires them, and uses real-world examples of great leaders to show you how they communicate and how you can adapt their mindset to inspire others yourself.
3 lessons you should take away from Start with Why:
- If you want to inspire others, always communicate your why first. Of course, you have to understand yourself and you situation to do that.
- Excited employees are the best resource for any business.
- You don’t need sleazy sales tactics when you start with why.
Understand yourself – be authentic
Authentic leadership means building the leader’s legitimacy through honest relationships with followers which value their input and are built on an ethical foundation.
Authenticity should be considered first, and you should delve into styles later.
Generally, authentic leaders are positive people with truthful self-concepts who promote openness. By building trust and generating enthusiastic support from their subordinates, authentic leaders are able to improve individual and team performance.
This approach has been fully embraced by many leaders and leadership coaches who view authentic leadership as an alternative to leaders who emphasize profit and share price over people and ethics.
While the theoretical foundation seems to be shaky (Wikipedia), we value the ideas as helpful.