A Simple Strategy for Inspiring Anyone
Linda Cureton, the chief information officer for NASA, recently released her first book, The Leadership Muse. At the launch party last month, she honored me with the opportunity to deliver a keynote speech to nearly 200 adoring fans, supporters and influential leaders, and then to interview her on stage.
At the end of the interview, I invited the attendees to ask Linda their own questions. My favorite came from a gentleman named Kenneth, a colleague and friend of Linda’s. His question and her answer were deeply inspiring … and simple.
“I’ve got an all-hands meeting with my staff tomorrow morning. What do you suggest I do to inspire them?” Kenneth asked.
Linda sat back, took a deep breath, and said, “Let me give you one powerful tool: Gratitude. Figure out what you’re grateful for in each of your team members and bring that energy with you to the meeting.” She paused before adding, “But it’s got to be authentic. You really have to feel it.”
In the end, she gave him two powerful tools: Gratitude and authenticity. Having read The Leadership Muse, I chimed in with a quote from her: “To inspire, you must be inspired.”
Authenticity, gratitude and knowing what inspires you are simple, yet powerful tools for inspiring others. Rather than pushing your team to get things done, you’ll begin pulling out the brilliance that already exists in them.
Keeping it simple,
Misti Burmeister, best-selling author of From Boomers to Bloggers: Success Strategies Across Generations and Hidden Heroes