Most people in business aspire to be great leaders—passionate, inspiration, thoughtful and productive. But we all know people in the business world who do a terrible job in leadership positions: awful bosses, disengaged department heads, ineffective team managers, and otherwise bad hot shots in nice offices who make the work environment an unpleasant one.
So if everyone has the potential to be great leaders, why do some lack inspiration? Perhaps some leaders have developed bad habits; some lack an understanding of what it takes to be a good leader; and some feel they’re leading well simply because they’re focused on their intention to lead, not the results of their leadership. That anyone can develop as a leader is not in question. What is in question is the stubborn resolve that great and good are points along the same stream. That just isn’t so. Great leadership and good leadership have distinctly different characteristics and paths. Leadership is not one-dimensional. It can be great and good, or one but not the other, or neither.
In this TED Talk, Simon Sinek discusses leadership. Sinek has discovered some remarkable patterns in how great leaders think, act and communicate. He wrote Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action to explore his idea of the Golden Circle, what he calls a naturally occurring pattern, grounded in the biology of human decision making, that explains why we are inspired by some people, leaders, messages and organizations over others.
Watch this inspirational TED Talk here: