INSPIRED LEADERSHIP (ILEADERSHIP™)
According to the legendary Harvard Business School professor and leadership expert, Abraham Zaleznik, what elevates leaders over managers is their ability to inspire those around them.
The Latin root for the word “spirit” is spiritus, which means the “breath of life.” To in-spire literally means to breathe life into something. While breathing this vitality into those around them, Inspired Leaders also bring passion, purpose, and cohesion to their organizations. Their teams are more passionately engaged, work harder and around a shared purpose, have lower turnover, express greater team spirit, and enjoy higher morale.
And while leaders of all types are more and more appreciating the value of becoming inspirational, it’s not as easy as it might seem. Focusing on how to inspire others before getting inspired ourselves is like putting the cart before the horse–confusing the effect and the cause. To inspire others, first and foremost, we need to become inspired ourselves—the cause. Only when our own spark is ignited and our flame shines brightly can we ignite a resonant flame in others, getting them inspired—the effect.
When you get inspired, your own passionate sense of mission, vision, and purpose makes your cause irresistible to others to join, forming a passionately engaged community, whole-heartedly committed to your cause. And their inspiration will further fuel yours. But it all starts within by finding the source and power of your own inspiration. It all starts with becoming an Inspired Leader.
“There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.” – Mark Twain
WHAT IS INSPIRED LEADERSHIP?
Based on Intelligensi Co-Founder and Chairman Yosi Amram’s doctoral research studying forty-two CEOs and two hundred and ten members of their staff, Inspired Leadership is made up of seven dimensions. Drawing upon each of these seven, Inspired Leaders:
Mobilize Meaning through a sense of purpose
Interact with Grace
Orient towards and motivate with Truth
Show up with Authentic Presence
Tap into inner Wisdom
By developing these dimensions, leaders become Inspired Leaders, creating a powerfully engaged, mission-driven, and aligned community.
WHY DOES IT MATTER?
These research-validated results show that Inspired Leaders are more effective—they lead teams that are more committed, work harder, have lower turnover, and exhibit higher morale. These findings have been further proven through Yosi’s coaching work with over one hundred CEOs, a number of whom have built successful businesses, leading organizations with thousands of employees and annual revenues in the billions.
And, regardless of scale, many others have discovered the same results, including a research team from Bain & Co.— inspired leaders lead teams that are twice as productive.
As people become Inspired Leaders, growing more trusting and centered within themselves, they mobilize deeper meaning and satisfaction in their lives and the lives of their teams. They fuel their passion with deeper purpose, becoming more inspired and inspiring.
These Inspired Leaders strike the seemingly impossible balance of leadership: standing their ground with confidence while also listening to others with receptive openness — cultivating collaborative and creative solutions in their team. Thus, they foster a sense of community around them, multiplying the power of any individual “I” with the power of the larger “we.”
The Seven Dimensions of Inspired Leadership (IL) and their associated competencies are diagrammed here.
HOW INSPIRED A LEADER ARE YOU ALREADY?
HOW CAN YOU BECOME MORE SO?
Click here to find out
“In dreams begins responsibility.” – William Butler Yeats
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How Inspired a Leader Are You Already?
How Can You Become More So?
How far are you on your way towards Inspired Leadership? How much do you draw upon and exhibit the above dimensions already? We’re here to help you see the journey ahead, and plan your route towards the results that so many before you have achieved.
Our self- and 360-assessment tools and personalized reports are designed to support your growth and development.
“I truly enjoyed and learned from the process and the questions (I felt they were thoughtfully written). It’s hard if not impossible to get this kind of feedback as a leader, and especially as a CEO. Plus, my team loved it. They appreciated the opportunity to give me feedback and assess their own abilities if they wanted to.” – Paul
Inspired Leadership Report (ILR). This report provides an assessment of your qualities, strengths, and opportunities for becoming a more powerful Inspired Leader. This IL self-assessment takes about 15 minutes to answer, and covers 52 questions. Click here to begin.
Inspired Leadership Report 360 (ILR-360). This report includes a self-assessment as well as peer and colleague assessments across the Seven Dimensions of Inspired Leadership identified in our research. The people you invite can be those who work under, side-by-side, or above you within your organization. Simply provide their email addresses, and we will invite them (and send them occasional reminders) to provide the feedback, which takes about 10–15 minutes for them to complete. Your 360-report will then compare your self-assessment side-by-side with the 360-feedback, presenting your self-perceived profile as well as your profile as perceived by others. You will discover how similarly your perception of yourself aligns with your colleagues’. Most who take this assessment discover strengths they didn’t know they had, as well as potential blind spots to watch out for.
Though not required, we also usually recommend, and most people purchase, an hour or an hour-and-a-half of personalized coaching from one of our Intelligensi certified coaches that you can choose from. Such coaching support may be invaluable in helping you to interpret and learn from your results as you become a more powerful inspired and inspirational leader. Click here to begin.
“I enjoyed taking the survey and reflecting on my decision-making, and leadership style. It provided me with lots of food for introspection and insight. And the coaching and lessons based on the results were invaluable. Thanks for the opportunity!” – Melissa
(1) Zaleznik, Abraham (2004) Managers and Leaders: Are They Different? Harvard Business Review (January).
(2) Amram, Yosi (2009). The Contribution of Emotional And Spiritual Intelligences to Effective Business Leadership (pdf). Doctoral dissertation, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, CA
(3) Amram, Y., Luskin, F., Posner, B., & Shapiro, S (2010). The Contribution of Emotional and Spiritual Intelligence To Explaining Leadership (pdf). ITP, Stanford, & Santa Clara University Working Paper, Palo Alto, CA.
(4) How Leaders Inspire: Cracking the Code. Bain & Company (2016). Available at: https://www.bain.com/insights/how-leaders-inspire-cracking-the-code/
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The seven dimensions of Inspired Leadership (IL) and their associated competencies are diagrammed and defined below:
1. Meaning: Mobilizing meaning for the organization by articulating a vision for service and instilling a sense of purpose.
Purpose for Our Being and Coming Together: Identifying, articulating and maintaining focus on the deeper values and mission that drive you and your organization.
Service as Love In Action: Answering the question, “Why are we here?” Articulating how your work and organization serve needs and add value to those around you and to the world.
Vision: Dreaming the future into being by painting a detailed and compelling picture of it.
Turning Difficulties to Opportunities: Finding meaning in adversity and challenges. Reframing it into opportunities for growth and learning.
2. Grace: Leading and interacting with grace, passion, and positive emotions to instill hope, trust, celebration, joy, and fun.
Passion: Bringing vitality, excitement, and energy to your daily activities.
Joy: Experiencing and bringing fun and joy to your activities and work. Playfulness, joy, and fun have been demonstrated to lead to greater creativity and success in problem solving.
Gratitude: Appreciating people and celebrating accomplishments along the way.
Beauty: Valuing and noticing beauty and creativity in your and others’ work.
Optimism: Inspiring optimism, hope, and trust that things will work out for the best.
3. Inner-Directedness: Aligning with and inspiring others from your inner core of authenticity, freedom, confidence, and centeredness.
Integrity: Being discerning and standing firm and in alignment with your values and truth.
Freedom: Thinking and acting creatively outside the box and breaking free from outside norms and conventions.
Confidence: Expressing your unique, authentic self with ease, and comfort in your own skin.
Centeredness: Staying calm, collected, grounded, and in command even amidst chaos and uncertainty.
4. Motivating Based on Truth: Orienting yourself and others primarily based on an open interest in the truth rather than on ego gratification.
Egolessness: Remaining humble and non-defensively open to hearing the truth from others’ perspectives and being interested in their feedback.
Openness: Staying curious and accepting of the truth. Learning and growing without defensiveness, resistance, or resentment.
5. Showing Up with Authentic Presence: Bringing your full attention, focus, clarity of intention, and embodied power to every moment and interaction.
Attention: Being focused and present to what and who are in front of you.
Intention: Bringing awareness and clarity of purpose and intention to your engagements and interactions.
Empowered: Feeling and expressing your personal power that is embodied, strong, and grounded.
6. Cultivating Community: Fostering relatedness, teamwork, collaboration, and unity in and around your organization.
Connectedness: Feeling and cultivating connection and interpersonal relationships with others that are based on kinship, mutual understanding, collaboration, empathy, and compassion.
Synthesis: Finding connection and common ground by synthesizing conflicting or even paradoxical viewpoints into coherent, wider, and more inclusive perspectives.
Holism: Taking a wide and holistic “systems view” when looking at organizational situations and problems.
7. Utilizing Your Inner Wisdom: Tapping into your intuition and inner wisdom, providing a wide perspective.
Intuition: Tapping into your gut sense, instinctive feelings, and other modes of knowing that augment strictly analytical and rational thinking in order to gain insight, creativity, or make important decisions.
Higher-Self: Connecting with and receiving guidance from parts of you that can access your higher, inner wisdom.
Devotion: Harnessing the power that comes from alignment with, and loyalty and devotion to, a force or cause greater than your individual self.
Practice: Applying practices to gain fresh new perspectives through times set for reflection, relaxation, and recharging.