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LEAD: 50 models for success in work and life by Andy Coombe, Andy Blacknell, John D. H. Greenway

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Focus 6Be Inspired

 

 

Illustration shows map, circle divided into five parts labelled as ‘see’, ‘choose’, ‘do’, ‘check’ and ‘be (shaded)’ and three rectangles labelled as ‘you’, ‘team’ and ‘life’.

 

What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.

Jane Goodall

Leadership thrives with inspiration, and dies without it.

The Oxford English Dictionary defines ‘to inspire’ as ‘to fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something’.

It comes from the Latin inspirare, literally meaning ‘to breathe or blow into’. It had religious origins of ‘breathing in the Spirit’.

So whose responsibility is it to inspire your team? Yours.

Then whose responsibility is it to inspire you? Er … that would be you again.

Leaders can look to others for inspiration, but they are ...

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