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The 4 Unexpected Qualities Inspirational Leaders Share

If you want to silence a room of executives, according to Robert Goffee and Gareth Jones, try this small trick. Ask them, “Why would anyone want to be led by you?”

Have you ever ask yourself that question, or do you believe your position on the org chart gives you the right to be followed? Great leaders have a unique gift to pull people to them, not because of their title or the amount of money they have but primarily because of their passion, vision, values, and their dreams.

It interesting, the focus of Robert Goffee and Gareth Jones’s research is not about results per se but on leaders who excel at inspiring people—in capturing hearts, minds, and souls. Some people believe that this ability is not everything in business, but any experienced leader will tell you it is worth quite a lot. Indeed, excellent results may be impossible without some form of inspiration in yourselves as the leader and in your people. As a result, here are the 4 unexpected qualities inspirational leaders share, as outlined by Robert Goffee and Gareth Jones.

They Reveal their Weaknesses

By exposing some vulnerability, they reveal their approachability and humanity. When leaders reveal their weaknesses, they show us who they are; this may mean admitting that they’re irritable on Monday mornings, that they are somewhat disorganized, or even rather shy. Such admissions work because people need to see leaders own up to some flaw before they participate willingly in an endeavor. Exposing a weakness establishes trust and thus helps get folks on board. Indeed, if executives try to commu