Leadership is about inspiring people to take action, accomplish more and be excited to achieve. Strong, powerful leadership is not about being a loud, extrovert, charismatic hotshot. Extroverts can be so intent of putting their own stamp on events that they risk losing the workers creative and ingenious ideas along the way. Why hire great people if you aren’t going to listen to them? Leadership is the ability to create a culture and environment where people can thrive.
Great leaders have a clear vision, but give people the freedom to create, try, discover, fail, push, try and fail again and relentlessly pursue excellence. Great leaders must be great listeners (you hear a lot more when you are quiet) and wizards of preparation.
It’s a lot like my role as a Speaker. It’s one thing to tell my story, but it’s quite another to cause inspiration in my audience. For me, inspiring action in my audience is the most important thing, and if I can entertain along the way, then so much the better.
After I have delivered my keynote, I want the delegates’ feelings and emotions to be so strong that they are compelled to take action and do things differently; better.
I have found that using coaching-style questions peppered throughout my Keynote work the best. Even though they don’t realise I am using coaching questions, they cannot avoid having an internal dialogue about what they could do differently, and how they could up their game immediately.
A great Speaker creates energy, enthusiasm, impact, influence, inspiration and increases passion. These are also the greatest qualities a Leader can possess.
Keynote Speaker, Executive Coach, Author