Being an inspiring manager is a fundamental need for all middle managers. Inspiring team members is a requirement because managers are responsible for optimizing performance and retention—and uninspired employees don’t do their best work. The good news is that you do not need to be a professional speaker to inspire your employees and peers.

Let’s explore the qualities that draw people in and spark something inside them that compels them to act, follow, or evangelize. First, people love real managers. When we are authentic and open, people appreciate that and will give you more of their time and attention. Second, inspiring managers talk about topics that are important; they engage people in conversations that matter. If ...

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