In a time of churning, your ability to inspire yourself and others is key. There is no single blueprint for how to do this. But there are seven building blocks for creating an inspiring vision. The first of these is to speak with your own authentic voice.
Four hundred years ago, Queen Elizabeth I was a woman in a man’s world. Many people thought she was not good enough to rule, simply because she was a woman. Some of her own countrymen had even tried to kill her. And then a foreign power decided to invade.
Faced with these twin threats, from home and abroad, Elizabeth I might simply have crumbled or run away. Or she could have tried to brazen it out, saying “There is nothing to worry about. Everything will be fine.”
Instead she chose to speak her authentic truth.
Putting on armour (which was unheard of for a woman) she rode “like some Amazonian empress” into the middle of her assembled army.
Then, at the mercy of several thousand heavily armed men, she spoke clearly and authentically what became her most famous words:
“I know I have the body of a weak, feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too.”
Her authenticity won her audience over.
And once they had decided to listen to her, then they listened to what she had to say.
And then they did what needed to be done. The invader was repulsed and Elizabeth’s reign became one of the most celebrated in her country’s history.
When you speak authentically what is most true for you, people will hear that. Your words will resonate and you will attract to you the very people you want most: the people who will join you for the long haul, your tribe. The people who will be most inspired to work with you.
In your work, do you always speak authentically what you truly believe? What results does that bring? What would happen if you shifted?
Adapted from Inner Leadership: tools for building inspiration in times of change.
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