Being a leader today means your skills are more important than ever. Once you acquire new skills you become a leader who transforms yourself and others. We’ve always had skills and leaders have used these skills to create change in many settings throughout our recorded history. But the issue now has to do with the relative importance of these skills. The magnitude of interpersonal connections being created globally is at a point never before experienced in human history.
Every leader knows what he or she did today, last week and last year. But what will you do tomorrow, next week and next year? Success comes from what you did last, not where you are going next. However, predicting future success from the use of technical abilities is like driving by looking in the rearview mirror. It doesn’t tell what will create success where you are going.
You’re a leader and you believe you need to change. Fine. But how do you change and can you do it? The answer is clearly ‘yes’ say those who have followed the methods explained by Dr Jeff Evans in his ground-breaking book Inspirational Presence. As Dr Evans explains, “The work of this book is to teach leaders how they can accomplish transformation in the simplest form possible.
My highest aspiration for this book is simply for it to be useful.
Meeting someone for the first time triggers a response. It is that person’s presence. Presence is that portion of another human being that you sense without consciously trying to do so. This presence can be small or large, compelling or repelling, indefinite yet palpable; it is the basis of connection between human beings. Each of us has presence, and that presence can be sensed by others around us. What is your presence? If it’s inspirational you are well-placed to lead.
It may be easy for you to lead but only an inspirational leader will help create effective and lasting change. Leadership and change are tied tightly together, as you rarely lead people to where they already are. New undertakings and directions are achieved when people see the world in new ways and spend their days doing different things. Therefore, it is critical to understand the aspects of how people engage new concepts and how a leader can influence this.
If inspired leadership is the ideal then how can you exercise that style? What steps are needed to become an inspirational leader? The answer, believe it or not, is simple. “Be inspired.” This is the first place of leadership. Each of us has to find the thing in life that really turns us on, that lights up our eyes, that makes us want to leap out of bed in the morning because we can’t wait to be involved with it. We find our passion in the middle of this space of caring, and we learn that our actions produce results, and create things that we can love.
It’s possible to pick up a cold from those around you. It’s also possible to pick up inspiration and many other positive attributes from your colleagues. If you’re an inspirational leader you can spread the good word almost everywhere you go. But person to person is by far the most effective method of operation. If we go to a comedy club and sit in a room full of people who are laughing, the show likely will seem uproariously funny.
We lead better and follow better when the mtheood or atmosphere is positive. We are inspired when the vibe is good. Most of us know this from experience. If we are in a relationship of any sort—work, family, romantic, or social—where the mood is unhappy, heavy, or depressing, we feel ourselves dragged down. We will feel uninspired. Conversely, if that same situation has optimism and enthusiasm, we will feel that mood moving through us as well.
The key for leaders is that every group, at a deep and subconscious level, is looking for the person in that group who is the emotional leader and who will provide group direction and guidance. If there is a social hierarchy at play, those patterns help the group attune to a person more quickly and consistently.