Inspire! What Great Leaders Do

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We all yearn to be inspired. Yet today, many people are drifting in organizations, teams, and families that operate from a place of fear. Within the hearts of people everywhere, there is a yearning for something different. We are looking inward and outward, and we are asking questions. Some of the answers are timeless–the world’s greatest leaders have known them all along.

From Mahatma Gandhi and Thomas Jefferson to Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and other great ...

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Overview

We all yearn to be inspired. Yet today, many people are drifting in organizations, teams, and families that operate from a place of fear. Within the hearts of people everywhere, there is a yearning for something different. We are looking inward and outward, and we are asking questions. Some of the answers are timeless–the world’s greatest leaders have known them all along.

From Mahatma Gandhi and Thomas Jefferson to Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and other great contemporary leaders–one attribute has been shared: they aimed not to motivate, but to inspire. What are the unique qualities found in these leaders? And how can you apply their style of leadership to your business? Inspire! has the answers.

Inspire! is a book about how to inspire others and ourselves, the requisite for personal and organizational transformation. Based on a lifetime of research, Lance Secretan takes us on a compelling journey to discover what all great, inspiring leaders have known: their Destiny (Why I am here on Earth), their Cause (How I will be while I am here and what I will stand for), and their Calling (What I will do and how I will use my talents and gifts to serve). He shows us clearly, using concrete examples of successful leaders he has worked with, how we can do it, too.

Inspire! introduces a breakthrough leadership practice that leaps past conventional theory by defining a deeper, more enriching kind of leadership that is precisely relevant to our times. Secretan reveals seven essentials of authentic, truthful leadership that inspire everyone and lead to extraordinary personal and organizational effectiveness.

The central idea of contemporary leadership theory is that manipulating, exploiting, and controlling the behavior of others is both useful and acceptable. But this is leadership based on fear and motivation. Higher Ground Leadership suggests we can inspire people by appealing to their hearts and souls. By engaging people on a new level–by honoring, exciting, and nourishing their souls–we can give them more than a reason to work; we can give them a passion for work.

Secretan shows that we can create more productive, fulfilling workplaces that encourage engagement and contribution from employees. We can build workplaces, governments, and countries based on shared best interest and selflessness, rather than self-interest and cynicism. This is the way forward for leaders in every situation who seek to inspire others. Inspire! offers a proven framework for putting passion and meaning back into work–and therefore the world.

Inspire! will stir you to ask brave and important questions. It will transform and inspire you, and therefore others.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471648826
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/23/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 864,738
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

LANCE SECRETAN is one of the world’s foremost thinkers and teachers of effective leadership. His breakthrough ideas about how to become inspired and how to inspire others have led to the transformation of individuals, teams, communities, and organizations. An author, award-winning columnist, corporate mentor, advisor to corporations and governments, and one of America’s most sought-after keynote speakers, he frequently addresses audiences around the world. The former architect of Manpower Limited, he has been the ambassador to the United Nations Environment Program and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the 1997 Special Olympics World Winter Games.

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Table of Contents

Foreword.

Acknowledgments.

Meditation of a New Story Leadrer.

Introduction.

Chapter 1. Stuck in the Old Story.

Chapter 2. Moving from the Old Story to the New Story.

Chapter 3. Step One: Defining Our Destiny— The Uniqueness Within that Calls to Be Lived.

Chapter 4. Writing Your Own Destiny Statement.

Chapter 5. Step Two: Defining Our Cause.

Chapter 6. Writing Your Own Cause Statement.

Chapter 7. Step Three Defining Your Calling.

Chapter 8. Writing Your Own Calling Statement.

Chapter 9. Step Four: Aligning Destiny, Cause, and Calling.

Chapter 10. Aligning Your Own Destiny, Calling, Cause, and Calling Statements.

Chapter 11. Step Five: Serving Followers.

Chapter 12. Step Six: Guiding the Contribution of Brilliance.

Chapter 13. Step Seven: Magic Ingredient X — Creating the Environment that Inspires Others to Inspire Use.

In Summary: The Seven Key Questions.

Blessing for a Higher Ground Leader.

The Higher Ground Leadership Commitment.

Notes.

Index. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2004

    Review of 'Inspire...'

    Within 5 pages of beginning my reading of 'Inspire...', I was enthralled. Lance writes so eloquently and powerfully of a way of being in corporate life (and life in general) and how each of us can impact positive change as leaders in our individualized way. Want to make a greater difference in your life's circle? Read, Read, Read this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2004

    A Powerful Truth

    When Lance writes that a leader¿s job is to inspire people to greatness he means guiding the contribution of brilliance of those we work and live with. In reframing our approach to relationships and communication, we can reposition our tendency to want to have this change take place in others instead of transforming ourselves. Continuing with his message from RECLAIMING HIGHER GROUND, I had a need to hear this powerful truth again. It takes courage to reinvent ourselves, to move towards transformation, to practice modeling the change we desire to see in others and the world. Helped by six spiritual (key) principles that unlock the CASTLE doors, I am lovingly guided to define and live my destiny, cause and calling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2004

    A Must Read

    This book is a powerful force for advancing leadership in the new millenium. More than a breath of fresh air, Inspire! speaks to the soul. Secretan has the guts not only to talk about love, truth, service, and authenticity -- he places these and the courage with which he himself speaks at the top of the list of leadership principles. Both practical and passionate, Secretan ignites the spark that lives in each and every one of us and lays out the means by which we can become true leaders of our lives and our organizations.

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