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When people think of inspirational leaders, they often refer to the great orators like Winston Churchill or Barack Obama.  These are leaders who are able to deliver a clear, clarion message that can impact the emotions of listeners and leave them feeling more inspired than before.

Thankfully, being an inspirational leader is not solely reliant upon standing up in front of a group of people and there are a few things that we can all work on that can assist us in getting more discretionary effort from our people.

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Ever since Moses came down from Mt Sinai with the original 10 commandments in the Old Testament, people have had a fascination with top 10 lists.

As I’ve been musing on leadership principles recently, I’ve come up with my own 10 commandments of leadership. 

Of course, leadership is more complex and challenging than what you can fit into a list of 10 principles, but I hope that this is a good place to start that will get you thinking about how you can further develop your leadership capability.

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Happy Fathers Day

Father’s Day.

It’s a day when dads around the country get socks, ties and other assorted presents, but as a member of the fatherhood fraternity, I reckon that there are a few other things that you can give your dad that he might appreciate more and remember for longer.

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Walt Disney once said,

You can dream, create, design and build the best, the most wonderful place on earth, but it requires people to make that dream a reality.

The Disney brand is very distinctive and is recognised globally.  Disney World in Orlando, Florida is the largest single-site employer in the United States with 55,000 employees.  They understand the impact that each and every staff member has on their brand and act accordingly, giving us a lot of insights into how we too can more effectively use our workforce. 

What can we learn from the Disney culture?

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One of the exciting challenges of people leadership is to maximise the performance of your workforce.  One of the keys to this is increasing the discretionary effort that your people give you.

What do I mean by discretionary effort?  It’s the work and ideas that people give you without you needing to ask for it.  It’s when people go above and beyond their job description.  If you can consistently extract this, you will be well on your way to leading a winning team.

People who lead great teams of volunteers understand this concept and do this well and there are a few leadership principles that we can learn from them.

How can you treat your staff like volunteers?

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