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Inspiring Others: What really motivates people?

Book Review John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the United States of America, considered that inspiring others epitomised leadership. He said: ‘If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.’ The key tenet of this book by Duke Coporate Education is leading from the centre and presents key leadership […]

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Inspiring leadership in education

It often amazes me how conversations about inspiring leadership in education get the synapses firing and the passion flowing. A recent conversation with Norm, President of the Australian Primary Principals Association did just that … and beyond … a research project was born! It all started with a statement from an inspiring leader in my initial research … we don’t […]

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Educational Leadership: Inspirational Quotes

I was going to type some reflections about educational leadership following conversations with amazing educational leaders. My words found it difficult to gel, so I created this video to share their inspirational quotes! These reflections from inspiring leaders come from interviews I have conducted to explore the phenomenon of inspiration in the context of leadership skills and development. It builds […]

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Change and Inspiration

I was speaking at a Conference recently and noticed there were a number of presenters talking about change. Change to the sector, change to processes, change within organisations. Most speakers championing the mantra of change were CEOs or Government leaders within a range of educational organisations. Their key tenet was the need for people to accept or embrace change. The […]

Moving out of your Comfort Zone

Meg’s Story on ‘Tough Empathy’

There is a body of thought promoting the notion of ‘carefrontation’. It has been described as the art of delivering constructive, compassionate feedback to people as a way to explore alternatives to ineffective behaviour. In my research on leading to inspire others, one inspiring leader used the term ‘tough empathy’ to describe the notion more eloquently. Why? From a leaders […]

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Implementing Personal Change

From a practical perspective, implementing personal change can be liberating. The paradox is that effecting personal change can be difficult. Given the similarity between change and inspiration I thought it was useful to share an inspiring leader’s reflection on change and inspiration. Cliff, an Olympic Coach, said, “to generate change from within, people must answer positively to these two questions:‘Am […]

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How do I Inspire Others? Here’s 6 Core Ingredients

Posted by on January 14, 2013 in Inspiring Insights | Comments Off on How do I Inspire Others? Here’s 6 Core Ingredients

As we know, contemporary leadership theory compels leaders to be inspiring. Inspiring leaders are said to get amazing performance from people. Unfortunately, behind all the rhetoric there is little support or clear strategies for leaders to be inspiring. Unless of course, we are born with charismatic powers and unique persuasive charm. If you were born with these great gifts, no […]

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Empowering leadership language

If you’re keen to explore strategies to inspire others, empowering leadership language is worthy of your attention. At a recent workshop I presented, participants were intrigued by the notion of efficacy-based language and how the visionary language they use plays a key role in inspiring others. So what is efficacy-based language? Firstly, a key factor is that most people are […]