I am fascinated by charismatic leaders. I admire someone who could show me the grand vision, what part I play in achieving it, and engage my creativity, curiosity, and personality.
“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” – John C. Maxwell
One such leader was my former manager. She was the type of leader that could move mountains with her charisma. She was appreciative, engaging, and allowed the staff to provide their creative insight. I remember asking her, “What makes a great leader?” She said, “A leader must manage by walking and have an attitude of gratitude.” Although, she was my manager over ten years ago, her response still resonates with me to this day and I continually practice it. After all, I believe that “managing by walking” creates deep heart connections with colleagues and staff. Also, having an “attitude of gratitude” facilitates a positive working environment.
It was no surprise that she worked her way up and earned her spot as one of the charismatic and inspirational executives of the organization. Every now and then, our paths would cross and I am amazed how easy it is for us to reconnect. For example, several years ago, I was given the opportunity to be a supervisor and was assigned to her office. I was nervous about my new role and she could sense my nervousness. Then she asked me to come to her office and discuss how I felt. Next, she looked at me, smiled, and said, “I am not here to see you fail. My goal is to make you successful.” Afterwards, I was a different person. She reignited the spark within me and I felt confident that I will be successful. She has been an inspirational part of my career and continues to motivate me to press forward. I aspire to be an awesome leader like her and lead with charisma, engagement, and appreciation.
“Leadership isn’t about age but rather, leadership is about influence, impact and inspiration.” – Onyi Anyado
- What leader(s) have inspired you? Why?
- When was the last time you told someone they inspired you?
- What pivotal moments have they created for you?
- Do you have to be in a leadership position to inspire others? Why or why not?
- Have you received feedback from other’s that you inspired them? If yes, describe the feeling.
- What type of leadership characteristics inspire you and demotivates you?
- What differentiates an awesome leader from a good leader?
- Who or what inspires the leaders that inspires you?