7 ways to find inspiration at work

Leaders are supposed to inspire people, but to do that you first need to inspire yourself.

by Andy Bird

Most leaders spend a lot of time and effort considering how they can best inspire their teams. Being able to lift people’s spirit and motivation is a vital skill, particularly in the turbulent and stressful times we all now work in.

But how much attention do we as leaders give to finding the inspiration we need first – for ourselves. Unless we are able to activate the enthusiasm and vitality that fuels our own creativity and effort, how can we hope to do the same for others?

Inspiration is not a feeling we can summon at will. Part of its allure arises from the fact it lies beyond our immediate control. However, a research study I have undertaken recently into the experiences of leaders from a wide variety of fields has generated some important insights. There are many ways in which we can increase the likelihood of inspiration visiting us. Here are seven to get you started: 

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