It’s Impossible to Inspire Others Unless ….. Third Anniversary of Blog

Three years ago I launched the blog with the express purpose of exploring aspects of inspirational leadership. Now with

Nearly 145 postings and 1500 subscribers

Almost 20,000 hits

Readers in over 70 countries,

Thanks to you we are still going strong.

But note, It is difficult to inspire others unless….

You touch a source of inspiration in them.

In the book written with Kristine MacKain, Ph.D “What Inspirational Leaders Do” (Kindle 2008)  we explore five basic needs that must be satisfied for people to become fired up in order to commit themselves to a compelling idea or course of action.

The needs we have identified have arisen out of our work in coaching and developing  leaders all over the world. Over the last two decades, we often began our first contact with a client by asking, “What inspires you?” The answers to this question were compelling in that they typically reflected a person’s deeply held values or needs. We subsequently analyzed and grouped these needs into five categories that we call The Five Sources of Inspiration.

These sources reflect specific needs that, when met, can release powerful inspirational forces in any person.

The Five Sources of Inspiration

The need to:

1. Make a contribution to benefit individuals or the world-at-large. (Contribution)

2. Work in alignment with one’s highest values. (Character)

3. Engage one’s creative potential, to imagine a better way. (Imagination)

4. Be emotionally engaged with others in deep and genuine ways . (Empathy)

5. Be acknowledged and affirmed for one’s unique talents and strengths, and engage those skills in meeting work challenges. (Expecting the Best)

Once engaged, these needs drive individuals and teams to perform and produce at levels they previously may not have thought possible.

A leader’s first step in inspiring others is to identify which source(s) of inspiration drive a particular individual and then appeal to that source


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About cedricj

I am a licensed psychologist and management consultant and have always been intrigued by how leaders can inspire people in their organizations. The bottom line is that people are not always motivated by material rewards, the use of the carrot or the stick, fear and intimidation,and command and control, Five human needs inspire and drive us. Kristine S MacKain, Ph.D and myself describe these inspirational forces in our book "What Inspirational Leaders Do" (Kindle 2008)
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