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Discussing Inspirational Leadership

Scenario: You were recently hired as a new manager in a company. You are fresh out of business school and have few management skills. More importantly, you know that your role will also involve inspiring your department's employees. You have been told that the prior department manager, although a capable manager, seemed to do little to inspire the team to achieve high goals.

Research two people that you consider to an inspiring leader, who are not managers. Make sure the leaders you use are not managers. I need at least two references for each leader and around 400 words. For each person, you are to explain why you characterized him or her as inspiring.

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Leaders who inspire:
"The ability to inspire people to reach great heights of performance and success is a skill that leaders need", an online source noted. The same source further noted that, "passion, purpose, listening and meaning help make a leader inspirational and that the ability to communicate that passion, purpose and meaning to others helps establish the inspirational culture of an organization".
(Reference: http://humanresources.about.com/od/leadership/a/leader_inspire.htm).

The same source further noted that a factor that contributes to the ability of the person to inspire is his integrity and trustworthiness. To Robbins and Coulter (2002), trust is the belief in the integrity, character, and ability of a leader. These authors also noted that based on research, the following dimensions make up the concept of trust: integrity, competence, consistency, loyalty, and openness. As such, a leader with these characteristics would have the capacity to become an inspiring leader - somebody who can inspire others to ...

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The following posting discusses inspirational leadership.