I was reading a newsletter from Dan Kennedy the other day where we was talking about inspiration, one of my favorite leadership topics. He wrote, "The New American Dictionary defines inspiration as a process; the process
of being stimulated to think, feel or do something creative. . . and as an event
; a sudden brilliant or creative idea."
After reading that I went to Dictionary.com
to look up the word for myself. I found another interesting definition on their list - "The act of drawing in, especially the inhalation of air into the lungs." If this isn't a process, I don't know what is!
I find far too often that everyone, leaders included, are waiting for an inspiration event
- for themselves or others, rather than consciously creating an inspirational process
to prdictably create new ideas, thoughtsand creative actions.
Leaders who think consciously about creating processes, environmanets and cultures that support inspiration and inspirational thinking will always be the most successful. Of course thinking about it this way holds us more accountable and suggests a discipline in our thoughts and actions - two reasons why so many of us probably keep looking for events (and why those leaders who don't are so much more successful).
Your leadership challenge and activity today is to identify three things you can do to create opportunities for inspiration to emerge.
I hope you will be inspired to share your ideas as comments to this post.
Labels: Best Leadership, inspiration, team leadership