In my last blog, I referenced a recent Harvard Business Review Blog. While discussing being inspirational as applied to maintenance and reliability managers, one might question whether they must “have” or can develop inspirational skills? The article indicated that being inspirational can be a developed leadership skill. For example, the article pointed out that the 310 leaders who set out to improve their ability to inspire, the group raised their overall test scores from the 42% level (below average) to the 70% level. This provides evidence that being
inspirational is a leadership skill that can be developed.
The article also included a list of ways that a leader can be inspirational. They are:
So while the “enthusiast” approach (aka the Locker Room Coach) is the inspirational behavior that most leaders are familiar with, there are other inspirational techniques that can be utilized. The message is, not all leaders have to lead the same way. Each leader can develop their own skills that will allow them to develop a leadership style that best fits them. In developing this personalized skill, the leader improves, the employees are increasingly motivated, and the company benefits. The end result is that by developing this leadership quality, maintenance and reliability managers will spend more time “inspiring” and less time “perspiring”.