How Great Leaders Inspire Action: Simon Sinek

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How Great Leaders Inspire ActionHow great leaders inspire others is key to teamwork and team development. All great leaders act in a unique fashion.  What is that unique fashion to inspire team members?

Simon Sinek has a simple and powerful model for inspirational leadership.  There is  a golden circle and the question “Why?” is central to this circle.  It is not “What?” we do or “How?” we do it, the key is “Why?” do we do what we do?

Sinek gives some strong examples of great leaders who had a “Why?” mentality. His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers.

How can  leaders inspire others to embrace their vision?

The way we think, the way we act and the way we communicate works from the inside out.  It comes from a strong belief and deep commitment.

Quotes on Leadership

“As a leader, you’re probably not doing a good job unless your employees can do a good impression of you when you’re not around.”— Patrick Lencioni

“Leadership is difficult but it is not complex.”— Michael McKinney

“Look over your shoulder now and then to be sure someone’s following you.”— Henry Gilmer

“Leadership is not magnetic personality, that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not “making friends and influencing people”, that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.”— Peter F. Drucker

“Leadership is the ability to establish standards and manage a creative climate where people are self-motivated toward the mastery of long term constructive goals, in a participatory environment of mutual respect, compatible with personal values.”— Mike Vance

“The older I get the less I listen to what people say and the more I look at what they do.”— Andrew Carnegie

“Leadership is not so much about technique and methods as it is about opening the heart. Leadership is about inspiration—of oneself and of others. Great leadership is about human experiences, not processes. Leadership is not a formula or a program, it is a human activity that comes from the heart and considers the hearts of others. It is an attitude, not a routine.”— Lance Secretan, Industry Week, October 12, 1998

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