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Leadership is inspiring, not requiring

When Craig arrives in a meeting room to set up he finds a Stephen Covey quote on the wall. He whips out his camera and explains what it means!

In this 2-minute video Craig conveys his belief that leadership is about inspiring action rather than requiring action and that inspiration is most likely to happen when you help someone believe in themselves.

Here’s what Craig says in the video

Hey it’s Craig Freshley here. I am on location setting up for a meeting. Here’s our meeting room. Getting ready!

I want to show you a sign that I found on the wall in this meeting room. Can you see this? Here it is. It says, “Leadership is communicating to people their worth and potential so clearly that they come to see it in themselves.” Stephen Covey is the author of a book called the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. He’s somebody that I believe in and I certainly believe in that quote.

To me leadership is about compelling people to follow not forcing people to follow. It is inspiring action rather than engaging punitive techniques to require action. And when you can convey to somebody their own worth, they’re going to want to follow you. When you can convey to them so clearly that they see it in themselves, they will be inspired to act. In my view leadership is about compelling and inspiring followership, not requiring followership.

Okay, that’s it for me. Just a little quick check-in inspired by this quote that I found on the wall of the meeting room. I’ve got to get ready to help groups make good decisions!

Thanks for listening.

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