History is full of remarkable people. Fighting against impossible odds, making incredibly significant discoveries or pursuing a dream they have helped to change the world. These people have transcended a world where mediocrity is accepted and inspiration an afterthought.

Aristotle, Martin Luther King, Winston Churchill, Helen Keller, Oprah Winfrey and Rudolph “Rudy” Giuliani. You would be hard pressed to find a single person who doesn’t see this impressive list of people as anything but inspirational leaders in their fields.

In a recent survey conducted by happening 48% of respondents believed they were not inspired by others in the work place.  Yet if much of our success lies in our being inspired who can we turn to when we are bereft of it in our place of work?

Inspiration was never harder to find than for Mother Teresa in the ghettos of Calcutta, yet she had the right idea when she said ‘Do not wait for leaders. Do it alone, person to person.’

In honour of the thousands of inspirational leaders, past and present, Happening People offer you our TOP 5 on going it alone and BEING INSPIRING

  1. Role model
    Model the behaviours you seek in others.  If you are a manager of a team it is very hard to ask your team to do something they do not see you doing.  For example if you expect your team to be on time for meetings yet you are late, you are not going to inspire them to follow your lead.  Be on time to every meeting, you will not only impress your team with your well-honed time management skills you will show them they matter and your time with them is valued.
  2. Show the vision
    People are inspired when they can see the path a head is well lit.  They are more willing to take chances and step outside their comfort zones when they can see the way forward.
    Rudy Giuliani Mayor of New York City during the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Centre has been awarded many times over for his leadership and inspiration during the attacks and the aftermath when most people could not see the vision or a way forward.
  3. Believe in others
    Inspiring people help others believe in themselves.  Great leaders help people believe in themselves.  Life has a way of knocking us about, we can lose heart but  when we meet someone or are told by our leader we are doing a great job and an important job it gives us the courage and motivation to keep going.
  4. Build a strong team
    It probably comes as no surprise that a good leader is supported by a strong team.  And an inspirational leader knows how to build such a team. Oprah Winfrey is an example of a leader who knows how to motivate people.  Oprah’s people strategy is simple. She invests in top talent, seeks out smart mentors, values her customer and consistently nourishes each relationship.
  5. Show gratitude
    In today’s world there is a lot of ‘wanting’ and much less ‘giving’.  Wanting is not nearly as inspirational as giving.  Remember, gratitude is not just a virtue; it’s a way of life.  Now that’s inspiring!

Now it’s your turn!! We would love to hear from you! Who or what inspires you?

Lacking Inspiration in the workplace?  It’s ok; Happening People are in the business of helping good leaders become great. Call Happening People on 1800 68 67 69 or go to


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