By Mark Anderson
John Quincy Adams stated, ”If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” Found in ‘Forward’ to Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek. ‘Forward’ written by George J. Flynn, Lieutenant General, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.).
Leaders lead, have vision, understand purpose, and most importantly value and inspire their employees. In many of my Blogs and Newsletters over the years, I have stressed the importance for managers and owners to set meaningful and positive examples for their staff. Essentially, a true leader will ‘create’ a work environment that generates an innovative and cohesive group; a group that is capable of making decisions that spawn growth, encourage camaraderie and promote company philosophy.
In his earlier book, Start with Why, Simon Sinek writes, “There are only two ways to influence human behavior, you can manipulate it or you can inspire it.” As he infers, manipulation is common in business and can be successful, but usually only in the short-term. Long-term success is achieved through inspiration.
Before I agreed to join Impact, I taught basic business courses in a grant funded program at Dallas County Community College. Many of my students had entered the program with a less than enthusiastic attitude towards learning due to previous experiences in a classroom; their instructors attempted to manage the learning process through manipulation in order to create a controlled environment. Manipulation for control is a failed strategy. I did not have a choice in choosing my students as a business owner has in choosing employees. I had to work with an existing group without the option of dismissal. I had empathy for my students; my empathy allowed me to effectively communicate which resulted in the ability to inspire. To this day, I am proud of my students successes in business and technology.
Today, at Impact, I continue to see the value of an inspired staff. A staff that has freedom for design, service, and product development. A cohesive group that is inspired and inspires…
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