To Lead! To inspire others! To motivate others! To guide others!
Without the ability to lead, we would never have an opportunity to inspire and excel as an Eye-Cubed-U graduate. And as we learned in the post “Leadership, The Prerequisite Of Inspiration”, we strive to achieve the status of “You da man!/wo-man! Leadership”. Once achieved, we have the ability to inspire others throughout our lives. The life cycles we move through present the forum to develop ones leadership quotient and build our inspirational platform. Have you taken advantage of those moments or allowed them to pass by without personal growth and the necessary experience to be the inspirational force to others in your life?
Who to lead/inspire?
The potential world in which you inspire grows over time. Ultimately, when you reach the pinnacle of leadership, you will experience a time period when inspiration and leadership will simultaneously be needed from you to most, if not all, of the groups listed above. Imagine the day when your inspirational world is complete. This responsibility can be considered a burden or an honor. It could be overwhelming or personally “inspiring”. People either run from it or sprint to it. Each individual handles this reality differently (possesses different levels of leadership quotient) and as a result, rises to meet varying portions of the inspirational needs of each subset.
I believe I am there today. I am at a special point in my life. And I consider this an honor, a challenge and a responsibility. While everyone needs inspiration, it can never be accomplished using a cookie-cutter approach. Like management, coaching and leadership, inspiration is a very personal emotion. My children are inspired very differently compared to my partners. The executives working with me in PFP gain their inspirational infusion in a significantly unique way compared to my employees. And I realize, over the past few years, my parents look towards me for inspiration as well. They too have special trigger-points that push them, motivate them and ultimately inspire them. My leadership quotient is at a particular high point in my because I am capable of providing inspiration in a flexible manner based on my targeted group or individual.
I recognize that leadership and athleticism have something in common. To be truly great, one needs to practice. To maximize ones potential, one must take full advantage of every opportunity to gain experience, test newfound skills and challenge ones competitive thirst to be the best and “win”. While the development period is definable, so too is the peak of athleticism and leadership. There is a beginning, middle and end.
- Your children will not always need the same type of inspiration and leadership.
- Your community will develop new leaders over time as your position moves from being the active leader to the respected “elder statesman”.
- Your organization must execute succession planning and develop a new generation of leaders to inspire others in order to perpetuate corporate greatness.
However, this is not a story of sadness and futility. It is never time to put oneself out to pasture and wait. Rather, I propose two reactions. The first is to “be in the moment” of leadership and truly inspire others when given the opportunity. If you have the position as inspirational leader, take full advantage. Second, and most importantly, personally measure and analyze your inspirational world. Is there a group or sub-group you should be inspiring and leading yet you are not effective in that pursuit today? Can you add to your world and begin inspiring others?
As of September 5th, 2012, I have decided to do just that. If I possess the skill and qualification to be inspirational and lead others, my world has broadened to include an ever-widening network on LinkedIn, Twitter and WordPress. Other social networks will be explored and the inspiration I deliver will spread over the worldwide web in a way I had never imagined. I will inspire others online as well as face-to-face in presentations, Keynote addresses and all day experiences. I will not stop broadening my network.
Perhaps the inspiration and leadership lifecycle has lengthened. Join me on the path. Inspire me to continue in Eye-Cubed style. Lead me as I attempt to lead others.