An important element in leadership is the ability to inspire others. Inspiring others should not be confused with motivation where someone is providing a motive for action. Inspiring others stimulates or arouses the mind, feelings toward a special activity or creativity. In other words, stimulating a special activity or creativity can cause an individual to reach unexpected heights of performance or achievement.
A recent 2015-commencement address by Lou Holtz, successful football coach and ESPN analyst, at Franciscan University Steubenville caught my attention as a great example of inspiring others. Lou Holtz spoke to a group of students who were about to embark into the world to seek their future. He did not talk about football, but described a simple plan to achieve their life objectives.
Lou Holtz is best known for leading the University of Notre Dame’s 1986 football team to the NCAA national football championship. He also is notable as the only football coach to . . .
Effective relationship building is the foundation of successful business. However, what we say is often used by others as an indication of who we are. We strive to be taken seriously but we can complicate that objective by what we say. The following lists 10 of the 17 things that you may say that others will question your seriousness.
- “Don’t you think?”
- “I see.”
- “To be honest…”
- “I mean…”
- "This is a dumb question, but..."
- '*I've got your back'.
- Being overly familiar right after meeting someone
What do you avoid saying to create a positive impression?
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Note: Ask yourself the following questions.
- Do you create a positive impression in others?
- Do you rehearse introduction statements when meeting others for the first time?
- Do you seek feedback to determine if you have made a positive impression?
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