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The Inspiration Code: How the Best Leaders Energize People Every Day Hardcover – June 1, 2017
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“Can anyone be an inspiration? Kristi Hedges answers that question with a resounding yes. The Inspiration Code is a one-of-a-kind guide to becoming the kind of light-up-the-moment leader you aspire to be.” —Daniel H. Pink, author of To Sell Is Human and Drive
“We all know what inspiration feels like, but often struggle to find it. Here’s a book that can help, with plenty of practical tips for having more energizing interactions.”—Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take
“Hedges refutes common myths about executive leadership. She says what really moves people to action is genuine communication. With this message, Hedges delivers an exceptional leadership book.” —Success magazine
“Hedges delivers an exceptional leadership book.” –Success Magazine
“Filled with profound insights and compelling data…Hedges uncovers a set of consistent, learnable behaviors that dramatically enhance leadership success.” — Eric Jacobson on Management and Leadership
All it takes is the right conversation . . .
Great leaders inspire action with their words. They spark enthusiasm and commitment. With a single conversation, they can change the direction of someone’s life.
Everyone wants to be the kind of leader who energizes and mobilizes others—yet too few are. Why is it so challenging to crack the code?
Executive coach Kristi Hedges spent years studying exactly what inspiring leaders do differently. Informed by quantitative research and thousands of responses from leaders at all levels, she reveals that inspiring communication isn’t about grand gestures. Instead, those who motivate us most do a few things routinely, consistently, and intentionally.
Eye-opening and accessible, The Inspiration Code dispels common myths about how leaders communicate—and guides them in cultivating qualities that authentically excite.
Inspired companies need inspirational leaders. Learn to unlock motivation, lift peoples’ sights, and lead them into the future.
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The book just didn’t spark enthusiasm and commitment to this reader – actions that it says a great leader will do whereby, through a single conversation, they can change the direction of someone’s life. Maybe, to be fair, it could change the direction of your life, but maybe it won’t also. The book claims to dispel common myths about how leaders communicate and guide the reader to emulate the best practices of experienced communicators: to this it may have achieved its aims, but is that sufficient?
Whilst being interesting at times, I struggle to see that this is so ground-breaking. There are other leadership-type books that have inspired and been more giving. It wouldn’t be fair to describe this as an also-ran either, but an average player that may be worth a browse at least if you can could be a fair summary… At least the book wasn’t so expensive!
It just did not have a ‘wow factor’ or inspire this reader. Yet it wasn’t a one-star wonder either. Your views may vary.
Kristi’s experience as a coach provides the book with numerous case studies and examples that made the book hit home. She doesn’t gloss over the reality of working in a corporate environment, so the advice is relatable and relevant.
No matter who you are, no matter what you have done, no matter where you have been or where you are in your life journey, this book can help you to be inspirational. Look not all of us are inspirational by nature. Most of us are well, just regular people how have lead regular lives. For the most part, we have done nothing dramatic enough to be inspirational just by our very existence. We did no save lives like the pilot Sully. R change the world like Steve Jobs, or walk on the moon like Armstrong. Now we have just lead our lives the best we could trying to help people along the way. If you agree that you are one of the regular people, that you are one of us, then this book is for you. One of the regular people who want to inspire those around us to greatness.
This book is literally a systematic manual on how to be inspirational from showing people how much we care, to intentional listening to encouraging dialoguing this book provides everything a person needs to be an inspiration to those around her.
Ms. Hedges makes the case that to be inspiration is to energize those around us to do things far beyond what they thought they could do. She focuses on honestly in conversation, authenticity in what we say and even how we say it.
Here are the four steps that take people up the “inspire path” as Ms. Hedges calls it. Inspirational leaders are:
Present: Focused on the person in front of them, not distracted, visibly stressed, or beholden to an agenda. They’re open minded and let conversation flow.
Personal: Authentic and real, and listen generously. They know how to find and expand potential.
Passionate: They infuse energy, calibrate it, and manage it as one of their greatest skills.
Purposeful: They are intentional and willing to have courageous discussions about purpose, and role model how to live into their own.
There is even a focused on how to apply these four steps in different situations from a one on one conversation to giving a presentation to a room full of people.
Frankly, I think this is a book about leadership in general, good leadership which in the end does lead to inspirational leadership.
If you are serious about your role as a leader, or even a team member who strives to get the best from your team this is book is a great way to start.