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Ep. 032: How Leaders Inspire People Every Day

Kristi Hedges visits the "Better Off" podcast to discuss about leadership and her philosophy on executive coaching.

Articles by Jill Schlesinger

By Jill Schlesinger, CFP®
  |  Published: August 10, 2017

What is life without inspiration? To me it sounds a bit boring. Of course, inspiration can come from anywhere, but because we spend the bulk of our time in the workplace, it is a natural setting to seek it out. Conversely, if you’re the boss, don’t you want to be seen as somebody who inspires?

It’s easier said than done, but thanks to our guest this week, executive coach Kristi Hedges, there are everyday actions that any leader can take to be an inspiring and motivating force.

In her latest book, “The Inspiration Code: How the Best Leaders Energize People Every Day,” Kristi shows how to become a leader who builds commitment and fosters greatness in others.

Better Off - Kristi

Having spent years studying exactly what inspiring leaders do differently, Kristi likes to think of inspirational people as the four Ps:

PRESENT: investing their full attention and letting conversations flow
PERSONAL: speaking genuinely, listening generously, and acknowledging the potential of those around them
PASSIONATE: exhibiting sincere emotion and exuding energy attuned to the situation
PURPOSEFUL: helping others find meaning and see their place in the bigger picture

If you think your boss might be missing one of the Ps, maybe it’s time to pull him or her aside and have a friendly chat.

For more workplace and leadership tips, you can follow Kristi on Twitter.

This article was originally published on Jill Schlesinger’s LinkedIn.

The opinions stated on the Better Off podcast are those of the host, Jill Schlesinger, and her guests, and not those of Betterment or its employees. Any third party links provided are offered as a matter of convenience and are not intended to imply that Betterment endorses, or is affiliated with the owners of or any information contained on those sites, unless expressly stated otherwise. Listen to a preview and subscribe to “Better Off” here.

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