How To Become An Inspirational Leader


The secret of becoming an inspirational leader is to develop the art of creating environments where people are engaged and energised. Then all you have to do is win them over so that they like and respect you.

Far too many managers try to lead by telling people what to do. Nobody likes to be told what to do all the time. It is boring and it stultifies the imagination.

People like you and trust you when you give them the freedom to do what they want to do. When they know that you trust them the quality of their work will improve immensely. They will start to come to you with ideas and suggestions. That is great because it saves you from having to expend your energy on trying to think, “what next?”

You can only inspire people if they will open up and allow you to inspire them. But this is not as difficult as many people make out. People want to be inspired. They want their day to be full of joy and fulfilment so that the time passes quickly and they can go home to their families, hobbies and other activities that they enjoy, which make their lives worthwhile.

Great work environments are created when blame and guilt are eliminated. When people are valued and encouraged. When dialogue, ideas and thinking are encouraged. When people are trusted and treated with respect – when they know that their opinions matter.

People are inspired when they know that you are clear about where the team is headed. When their is consistency about direction and strategy.

Above all else your team will be inspired by your behaviour. When you are up-beat, positive and enthusiastic about your work your team will catch your mood and behave in a similar way.

To develop your leadership capabilities and style you need to work with other people, and you need to practice behaving like a leader. The best way to do this is to work with a coach either with Achievement Coaching or at a Achievement Workshop.

How Can I Progress in My Career?

In order to progress your career you need clear answers to 3 questions:

  1. What are my gifts?
  2. What am I passionate about?
  3. What do I really value?

What I ask of people who are to attend one of my Achievement Workshops is that they write lists of their gifts, passions and values in a notebook. Over the course of the day I suggest that they add one gift, one passion and one value to their lists. You do not need to attend one of my workshops to do this exercise, although it would help you to come to a workshop. You could start to do this exercise today.

Gifts are things you do naturally, you do well, that you enjoy doing, that you do better (even if only a little better) than most of the people you know. A Gift may be something as simple as being able to type with all fingers and thumbs without looking at the keyboard. Or it may be that you can stand on your head. Or you may be able to present fluently. Or you may have the Gift of tongues, languages. Or you may have the Gift of learning. Or a gift for making and keeping friends. Just add one Gift to your list each day for the next 20 days.
Passions are what you really care about, that you feel strongly about, that matter deeply to you. Passions inflame your feelings. I am passionate about my football team, about my family, about enabling people to develop their gifts, about my dogs, using my time well, learning. What are your Passions. Add one Passion to your list every day.
Values are things you would miss if they were not there or things that underpin the way you are. I value justice, friendship, good health, fresh air, nourishing food etc. Add one Value to your list every day.
When doing his exercise do NOT think about the future, about how you would like to be. Think only about the present, about how you are now.
Coaching for Achievement:
There are two forms of coaching that can help you to make progress in your career:
  1. If you are already in a job you enjoy but feel that you could be doing better you will benefit from Achievement Coaching.
  2. If you are unsure as to whether you are on the right career path and would like to explore other career options and get help in finding a new job, I would recommend that you go and see Simon Scantlebury. In my opinion Simon is far and away the best career consultant in Britain. He will give you a free 2-hour consultation so that you can asses the value of his services.

How Are You?

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How are you? Clear, Focussed, Positive, Committed, Courageous, Enthusiastic, Involved, Bubbling with Energy?

How are you? A bit muzzy, doubtful, unclear, waiting, tired?

Can you spot the difference. This question, “how are you?” is loaded!

Ask yourself, “how are you?” When your answers point you towards the way you want to be, then you’re on your way, with bags of energy to get you there.

Ask yourself, “how are you?” when you give yourself fuzzy answers, full of “mights”, “maybes” and “when I’ve got the time/the money/the resources” you are going nowhere. You are wasting today.

So, how are you? Tell me. Join the conversation. Ask questions. Commit.

Or you can just hit the like button and sit on the sidelines.

So, are you joining in, getting involved, helping your friends by getting them involved?

How are you?

My comment on the post above:

I woke up at 06.00 on the day I wrote the post above. The question, “how are you?” was in my mind. I was thinking about how people always answer it as if it is an enquiry about their health. But, if you open your mind, the question can have a much wider meaning.

I played around with the question, keeping myself well outside the box. As I did this I became increasingly excited about the possibilities for using the question when I am coaching people. This is not just a question about someone’s health. It also encompasses their emotional state, what they are seeing and hearing. It is about how they are in the world and how they appear in the world.

Mostly we appear to others, out there in the world, according to how we are feeling inside ourselves, how we see ourselves. So we can always appear in any way that we want to be seen, even when we are not feeling so great, if we simply act as if we are feeling the way we want to appear and be judged.

How to Develop Your Creativity for Achievement

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Albert Einstein (Photo from Wikipedia)

Creativity rules in the modern world. In previous times knowledge was king, those who knew most and could apply that knowledge became powerful. But today the world is moving at such a pace that people cannot learn quickly enough to get ahead of the game. Albert Einstein said that “imagination is more important than knowledge”; this is more true now than at any time in the history of mankind. Nowadays applied ideas rule.

So, how do you exercise your creativity in order to achieve all that you want in life? Here is a 6-step formula based on the use of Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

Know Your Outcome: a good outcome envisages a win for you and for other people. The book you write must benefit others. The app you develop must offer value. Your new method must make life easier for users. Your new recipe must be tastier.

Visualise your outcome as a large, moving, colourful picture. Try to add sounds to the picture. Then create feelings around the picture. These feelings are the energy that will drive you to succeed. The more strongly you feel about your outcome the more energy you will have to drive you to your goal. Your excitement will be contagious and draw others into your sphere to help you to succeed.

Presuppose Success: live as if you have already achieved your outcome. Behave as if you have made it happen. Presupposition will draw forth resources from within your being. Your intuition will come to your aid. Old, long-forgotten knowledge will suddenly emerge to help you. You confident behaviour will convince others whose help you need.

Presupposition will develop and strengthen your belief in your ability to make your outcome a reality. By using your imagination creatively you will more strongly identify with your outcome and the strategies you are using to achieve your goal.

Anchor Your Outcome: every day when I come into my study the act of sitting in the chair in front of my computer stimulates me to write. My large black chair is my anchor. The moment my backside meets the leather I feel a surge of energy and my fingers reach out for the keyboard. The anchor has such a powerful effect on my behaviour that I have to make an effort to not write if another task needs to be completed before I start to write.

This anchor is so powerful that it has enabled me to write two books this year – over one hundred and fifty thousand words. I have also written dozens of articles.

An anchor is simply a physical action that reminds you of what you need to do. It can be as simple as crossing your fingers or pinching your ear lobe. You just associate this anchor action with a behaviour that you passionately wish to adopt. A well formed anchor enables you to act without thought. This link will show you more about Creating an NLP Anchor.

Programme Yourself: develop habits of thinking and behaviour that a will drive you to achieve your desired outcome. This means identifying ways of thinking and patterns of behaviour that will help you to succeed and then repeating those patterns time and time again, until they become habits. You may find it useful to model the behaviour of people who are successful in your field of endeavour so that you can achieve similar results. You model someone by understanding their conscious and unconscious behaviours and thinking patterns, then using the same behaviours and thought patterns yourself..

Use The Power of Metaphor: from our earliest years we are told stories. We enjoy and learn from stories. They have powerful effects on our behaviour. So, develop a strong story about the outcome you desire and how you are achieving that outcome. Make yourself the hero of your story. Create a vivid, colourful image of yourself as the hero; see how focussed, dedicated, persistent, well-organised, creative, courageous and enthusiastic you are. Talk to yourself as the hero of that story. Feel how good it feels to be that hero. Embellish your story every day of your life.

Act: nothing is ever achieved without action. You must do! Thinking and dreaming will not move you towards your goal. You will only get there as a result of what you do.

David Ferrers is a self-discovery coach who uses NLP in his work with large corporations who employ him to develop strong behaviours in leaders. He is also the author of Ignite Your Inner Leader, A Journey of Self-Discovery, The Achievers and The Hero of Hastings.

Who Am I – Journey of Self-Discovery?

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Unlike the Journey of Self-Discovery workshop in Kerala earlier this year we will be focussing on “Who am I?” In India the delegates worked on their Identity, or “What Am I?” This was to do with your role in life, self-expression, discovering what you do best. The aim was to create the life you want, doing the things you love to do.

Now we are moving on to “Who Am I?” This will be the main feature of our 7-day Self-Discovery workshop in The Kruger National Park, South Africa in September this year.

We’re not talking here about your name, or your family, or your social position. What you will be discovering during this African adventure are the basics that drive your behaviour – the values and beliefs that make you the person you are. You will be uncovering how you can  overcome weaknesses and build on strengths to help you to lead the life you’d love to live.

Why Africa?

You cannot come face-to-face with yourself in the surroundings of your normal everyday life. Your behaviour and self-image habits are ingrained in your environment. In order to really explore yourself you need to move right out of your comfort zone, to see how you behave when you are seriously challenged. By overcoming larger-than-life obstacles you will discover just how good you really are.

This Journey of Self-Discovery is not for wimps or dreamers. The Journey has been devised for those who seriously want to know their real strengths. Then you will return to everyday life with the knowledge that you can overcome the greatest challenges, extend yourself, and become more than you ever thought you might become.

In the African wilderness you will be challenging the depth of your courage, examining the truth of your compassion, testing  your ability to persevere, exploring your inner core of self-belief, mastering the art of remaining positive in challenging situations.

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On Sunday 15th May we will be running a 1-day Journey of Self-Discovery taster workshop here at Nurstead Court. Here you will be able to experience some of the self-discovery techniques that we use at our 7-day workshops. In fact this workshop will be more than just a taster. You will be developing your ability to use your creativity to solve problems and move forward into new, unexplored solutions. Come and explore the possibilities of what you will achieve once you know who you really are.