Episode 96: The Unseen Effects of Inspiring Leadership

The 90th Percentile: An Unconventional Leadership Podcast

Published: December 6, 2022


A lot has been written about what inspiring leaders DO.  From their moving speeches to their magnetic ability to connect. How could you dismiss their powers of persuasion? We often picture inspiring leaders as fearless and attractive because we see them in the movies defeating all odds. But inspiration comes in many forms, through many behaviors and varying approaches. If you look, you will see its influence in both big and small ways. In this episode, we’re discussing the effects of inspiring leadership and what OTHERS BECOME as a result of that inspiration.

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Key Learnings

  • Inspiring leaders create a climate that allows people to experiment, feel ownership, and reward initiative in ways that allow this behavior to flourish.

  • The overall level of confidence that everyone has is part of the culture of the organization. Inspiring leaders are the driving force in that culture and in nurturing self-efficacy in individual performance.
  • Optimism can be learned and magnified through practice.

  • Leaders convey the message that people are what counts, and they are there to do the blocking and tackling for the employees.

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Sustaining Hope in Uncertain Times– Harvard Business Review Article by Dane Jensen
The Unseen Effects of Inspiring Leadership– LinkedIn Article by Joe Folkman