Beyond the Basics: Be an inspirational leader

Bruce Neil, President and CEO, The Doe Run Co.

It’s a moment everyone faces at some point in his or her life. That time when you’re not sure if you’re doing the right thing, but you need to make a decision and so you take the plunge.

Perhaps you’ve gotten past the anxiety that comes with such decisions. But your employees probably don’t have the same level of wisdom and experience. They may be looking for someone who has been through it all before and who better but you, their boss, to be that voice of reason.

Here’s what a few of the leaders we’ve spoken to over the past year had to say about being an inspiration to their people and helping them when they needed it.

“People are motivated knowing they have a boss who believes in them. I can’t think of a better way to be motivated myself than knowing my board has confidence and believes in me.”

–Jeffrey S. Davis, president and CEO, Perficient Inc.

“In the absence of open, honest and frequent communication and building trust through transparency and accountability, you’re not going to know what that other person is thinking.”

–John G. Peluso, president, Wells Fargo Financial Advisors Financial Network LLC

“If you don’t communicate the vision and you don’t talk to people regularly about how you are doing and what you need to do, then when you tell them something, it’s going to be as if it’s coming out of the blue.”

–Bruce Neil, president and CEO, The Doe Run Co.

Summary: Don’t be afraid to be a role model. Make an effort to have regular dialogue. Share with people what’s happening in your business.