Updated: Oct 7, 2019
Greetings, Good Monday Morning,
I hope that you had an amazing weekend!😃 I certainly did. It was very quiet and productive. So, this weekend, I was contemplating #MondayMotivation topics to discuss in the coming weeks, and wrote down some ideas. Suddenly, I remembered a TED Talk, that I watched about 3 years ago, and I decided to watch it again to refresh my memory, and as soon as, I finished it I was inspired all over again. This morning, I want to discuss "inspirational leadership". In the Fall 2016, I was a student at Northeastern University in Boston, MA, pursuing a certificate in Business Administration in Healthcare Business Leadership. One evening, in my Health Care Organization Management class we watched a TED Talk entitled, "How Great Leaders Inspire Action" by Simon Sinek. This TED Talk changed my life, my outlook on business, and stuck with me because his message was so spot on and impactful. It quickly became one of my favorite inspirational talks. If you've never watched it, it's definitely a "MUST SEE" (click on the title link above)! As a indie-author and entrepreneur, when I started Creative Calfuray, LLC, I made it my goal to always think like an "inspirational leader". By the way, I use "inspired leader and inspirational leader/leadership" interchangeably. There are many gems to take from his message. However, today, I will cover why this mentality is so important, and a few of my favorite key points from this TED Talk that motivated and inspired me to think more like an inspirational leader.
Why is it important to think like an 'Inspired Leader'?
Simon Sinek states, in his TED Talk that inspired leaders think and communicate differently from everyone else. When he named famous individuals from history that would be considered inspirational leaders, I noticed immediately that there were very small number of them. Everyone don't have the capacity or the desire to think in this capacity, but for those of us that do, this is a wonderful aspirational goal. Inspired leaders have distinctive qualities: they're positive, passionate, listen actively and quickly, trustworthy, communicate well, have integrity, visionaries, and they are grateful for those around them. If you want to be an inspired leader, you should easily possess these qualities, or at least, aspire to possess them. It is important to think like an inspired leader (especially as a business owner) because, when doing so, you'll be driven by the "why" in your heart and it is attached to your belief system. The goal is not to just buy what you have, the goal is to do business with people who believe what you believe. This is what will make you effective in connecting to your ideal customer, target market, or "tribe". Remember, "people don't by what you do, they buy why you do it." - Simon Sinek
The Golden Circle
If you're going to become an inspired leader, you have to begin understanding "the why" of what you do. All inspired leaders, as Sinek puts it, think and communicate in the same way, and it's completely opposite from every one else. In the illustration below (by www.lynnecazaly.com) she describes perfectly, Simon Sinek's message about "how great leaders inspire action", in his now infamous TED Talk. As an individual and/or organization you must understand your purpose, cause, and belief because, this is tied to "why you get out of bed in the morning." For instance, when I began Creative Calfuray, I knew I wanted to follow this framework and allow it to guide me to understanding the "why" of my writing and the purpose of my business. I knew that if, my why was from the heart and deeply rooted in my beliefs, I would attract the same type of people that believed what I believed. If you're an individual or entrepreneur, struggling in this area consider the idea behind, 'The Golden Circle'. Do you understand your why? Simon Sinek says, "every single person and organization know what they do 100%, some know how they do it, but very, very few people or organizations know why they do it." "Why do you do what you do?" I do what do because, through my writing and various creative works, I want to m.otivate, a.spire, and i.nspire my readers and beyond to live their lives with intention, purpose, and full of passion. If you believe in love and romance, I welcome you experience joys and pains of love in the realistic world of my novels.
Today, I hope that you can take this message and apply it to your life. It's such a great aspirational goal for us as individuals, creatives, and entrepreneurs to achieve. To be an inspired leader in your own way is important. It is the inspired leaders that are impactful, and remembered for their contributions to our world and greater society as a whole. I challenge you to change your mentality, and allow your "why" to guide you in what you do, and support it with goodness and positivity. If you do that, I assure you the good in this world, and the right people will be attracted to you in return.
"There are leaders and there are those who lead. Leaders hold the position or authority, those who lead inspire us." - Simon Sinek
Peace and have a blessed and wonderful #MotivationMonday !
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