I loved this recent quote on Twitter by my great friend, Leadership Authority, Steve Keating:
“People do not commit to a manager, they comply with a manager. People make commitments to a leader.”
In my opinion – it aligns perfectly with one of my favorite sayings from a phenomenal mentor of mine, Dondi Scumaci who says:
“Compliance will never take you where commitment can go.”
Of course, there’s a time and place for most everything, including compliance.
Yet, compliance doesn’t inspire. Difficult to imagine that it would, or even could.
Inspiration and commitment are forever entwined. And, this commitment is inspired by leaders; those of high influence; not due to their position but rather their character…and their ability to focus on the needs, wants, desires and values of others.
Who are the leaders that come to your mind (past and present, historical or from first-hand knowledge) who were/are exceptional at inspiring commitment?
What do you see as their duplicatable traits and characteristics that we can all learn from?