The mindset to inspire

There are mindsets and then there are mindsets. Some are born with set mindsets, others develop mindsets. Imagine if you were to be someone, who inspires others by his actions. This is a completely different high. Many people walk through this journey of life surviving, living, succeeding and achieving their goals. To excel in one’s performance, especially in today’s world is a basic requirement. How you deal with your team and clients defines your success. The same goes with your friends, family and community. Developing a mindset to inspire others by your actions does not just reaffirm you as a leader but you go into a new realm of excellence and become an example to emulate in your professional and personal life. To create this mindset you need to evolve to become your best version or raise the bar considerably as some people will say. In many ways, to stay ahead of the curve and continuously excel is the most ideal mindset. And to be an inspiration to others is developing the profession you are and others at large is a social impact of a different kind.

How do you create an inspirational mindset?

Follow people who inspire you

You need to get inspired first to inspire others. Follow a set of people who inspire you. See what qualities to they have. Why are they inspirational? Get a cross section of people, study their growth story. Understand their struggles and difficulties and how they overcame them. You will find common patterns emerging. Study these commonalities. Do a wish chart for yourself after doing a SWOT analysis. Work on your strengths and make them stronger. Embrace your weaknesses, not avoid them. Look at your purpose and refine it, then align your weaknesses to see what you need to improve or eliminate to reach your purpose. Revisit the opportunities you plan to pursue. Are they still relevant? If not update them in the current environment. Same with the threats. Are they valid today? Based on your SWOT analysis plot out your priorities and create a road map with milestones to move ahead- reinvent and reboot.

Work on your personality and how you communicate

Today’s changing world needs leaders who are sensitive yet aggressive. Who are coaches, not bosses. Leaders are looked up to for the all rounded life they lead. For the way they speak and for their lifestyle. Work first on your personality. Dress smart, look good and fit. Watch your weight, work out look calm and be perceptive and intelligent. ‘Cool bosses’ are admired in today’s world. Be one in the true sense of the word. Brush up your speaking and communication skills. Today’s leaders are expected to be good presenters. It goes without saying that speak with knowledge and be relevant. Master your body language, look and act positive. Learn to manage stress effectively, take the best decisions. Energy inspires anyone, become a hustling bustling professional. Your energy should literally be infectious! Always be accessible to your teams. Be a problem solver, not a fault finder.

Work on your EQ

In this post Covid, VUCA world, mental health problems are sometimes not visible. Work on your EQ skills and keep your mind open to your colleagues and teams you work with. Learn to listen to and handle people with care and sensitivity. Encourage and motivate them. Create a conducive fun filled atmosphere in the workplace. Set SMART goals for people and help them achieve their dreams. Encourage achievements; celebrate success now more than ever before. Winning creates a great trigger for motivation. Schedule winning experiences like internal competitions, sports events and internal events. Even something like a team lunch lifts up the mood. Keep a hawk’s eye on your people, if they look disturbed in any way, just talk to them and counsel them. The same applies to you at home. Be that stable shoulder, be there, be positive lead by example!

Believe you can and you are halfway there- Theodore Roosevelt

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Amitesh Banerjee
Amitesh is a seasoned positive integrated communications disruptor with several years of multi- country/multi- domain experience. He has worked for reputed organisations in senior leadership positions including JWT, ITC, New Zealand Dairy Board, Seychelles Marketing Board, Perfect Relations, Genesis BCW, Adfactors, Della Group, H+K Strategies among others. Amitesh is Senior Vice President of Beanstalk Asia- a leading Integrated Marketing Communications firm.

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