Inspirational Infusion

#17 — August 1, 2010

What is honored in a country
Will be cultivated there.

— Plato

Welcome, Inspired Traveler!

This summer, many of us have celebrated this great country we live in by waving flags at parades, displaying patriotic decorations at our homes and gathering with family and friends. At each of these get-togethers, in between slices of cool watermelon and juicy, homebaked pies, we honor those things we cherish. Freedom, education for all, free enterprise and the ability to worship as we choose — just to name a few. Year after year, these communal events create rituals and traditions that speak to what we value, cultivate our sense of belonging, and help to define what we stand for.

Life within our organizations is much the same. If you truly want to understand a company’s culture, dig deeply to see what they celebrate, reward, recognize and encourage. It can be argued that the biggest responsibility of leadership is to inspire. If that is true — and I believe that it is — what are you inspiring and cultivating? Are your words and your actions in alignment with your beliefs? Can those who follow you see your values and principles in action each day? These are challenging questions.

Allow me to ask a few more:

  • What does your organization value? How do you know this?
  • What do you value and how do you share that with those you serve?
  • How do your choices and actions reflect the values you subscribe to? Is there a disconnect?

Inspirational leadership is demanding. It demands that we place the needs of others before our own. It demands that our lives inside the organization are congruent with our lives outside the organization. It demands that, as leaders, we ignite the spirit within others that demands the best and urges them to achieve it.

If we honor learning, we must teach. If we honor growth, we must encourage autonomy. If we honor those who work with us, we must take care of the whole person who enters the workplace each day, hoping to make a difference.

Inspirational leadership is not for the faint of heart. If you could play back a video of the last week of your life, what would be reflected in it? What are you honoring by those things you are cultivating? Tough questions to ponder over a piece of watermelon or a slice of homemade pie.

Have an Inspirational Day! Be Magnificent!


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