Whether you’re a public speaker or a team leader, inspiring others is a valuable professional experience. Not only do you people enjoy listening to you, but you can inspire them to greatness by providing them value. We all have value to give! Also, if it’s your employees you’re inspiring, it will greatly benefit your business and bottom line. So it’s good to know how to inspire others.
Ways to Inspire Others
When you listen to others, make sure that you aren’t just hearing them, but actually actively listening and thinking about what they are saying. Active listening doesn’t just make a good leader, but a good person who knows how to inspire others. Listening displays that you care about them and what they have to say. Inspire others to do the same.
Speak loud and confidently
Whenever you have the opportunity, let your voice be heard. Speak up about things you care about and if you have a new idea, let it be known. Remember that your idea matters just like everyone else. When you speak up, you might also inspire others to do the same. This is helpful in an office meeting setting where voices need to be heard and in team settings brainstorming or working on a project.
Take on more work and more responsibility
It may take some time to learn how to handle a lot of work, but when you do, it’s truly inspiring. If you are a team leader or the boss, the amount of work you put forth will inspire others to put forth that same amount of effort. By taking in more than you normally would or more than your responsibilities originally call for, you will rally up the whole team to do the same. There won’t be anything you and your inspired team can’t handle.
Be positive and enthusiastic
Those who stand out emotionally are the ones who carry the room in terms of overall office energy and productivity. When taking on big tasks or when things may not be going according to plan, staying optimistic and enthusiastic about things will make everyone else feel good about a potentially stressful situation. Enthusiasm and a positive attitude might be the easiest way to inspire a group of people and get work done effectively. Energy is contagious, make sure yours is always positive.
Being a good boss means that you understand the importance of inspiring others. Visit Alan Pariser’s blog on how to inspire others and other great tips on how to be a great leader.