We each have a hero within. Leaders speak to that hero and draw her out with words of hope and encouragement and life. Leaders speak from their beliefs and lead with their why. They first inspire us, then inform us. Martin Luther King Jr. rallied millions with a dream, not a plan. Words are powerful. Words can motivate and create or demoralize and destroy. Do your words speak to and inspire the hero within others—to their dreams, their visions, and their best selves—or do they silence them? Your words have that power. If you’ve listened well, you will know your team well—and how to fill them with fire.
“The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.”
- John Buchan, Former Governor of Canada