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How to Be an Inspirational Leader

Enlightened Business

I recently attended an incredible online Enlightened Business Summit brilliantly hosted by Chip Conley Founder & Executive Chairman, Joie de Vivre Hospitality - California's largest boutique hotel group.

Chip is the author of PEAK: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo from Maslow. Conley wowed TED attendees this year with his revolutionary approach to sustainable business.

40 top business leaders and author thought leaders offered their best advice for creating enlightened and successful businesses. They inspired participants to make our life, business, and our world better through the best ideas from the frontiers of conscious capitalism!  Simon Sinek, an inspirational consultant from Columbia University who wrote Start with Why was one of the exceptional guest speakers.

What are the secrets to creating successful businesses that marry passion and profits? Many of the speakers at the conference pointed to inspirational leadership.

Inspirational Leadership

What can we learn about inspirational leadership from successful start-up companies? Conversely, what can failed corporations teach us?

Think about the inspirational leaders of Apple, Amazon and Southwest Airlines. You can probably name them: Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, Jeff Bezos, and Herb Kelleher.

Next, try to name the leaders of General Motors, TiVo and AOL during the same period. Some were good, but very few left a leadership legacy that was strong enough to ensure future success.

Hundreds of newly published business books attempt to define the qualities of great business leaders, while claiming that leadership can be learned. But can it? Why do CEOs at top-notch companies fail to provide truly inspirational leadership?

Apparently, leadership is not easily learned or practiced, even though myriad resources—from leadership development programs to executive coaches—exist.

The situation is truly puzzling: We know competition is fierce, and most candidates for senior leadership positions are highly qualified, experienced and deeply engaged in their work. Lousy bosses are commonly weeded out in the long run, and competent bosses are usually promoted. Why, then, do so many good managers lack the requisite leadership skills?

You can listen to the recordings of the Enlightened Business Summit to gain more insights int how to become a more inspiring leader by visiting

Are you working in a professional services firm or other organization where executive coaches provide leadership development to help develop enlightened leaders? Does your organization provide executive coaching to help leaders develop a more sustainable business? Enlightened leaders use their emotional intelligence and social intelligence skills to create purpose-driven workplace cultures.

One of the most powerful questions you can ask yourself is “Am I an inspirational leader?” Emotionally intelligent and socially intelligent organizations provide executive coaching for collaborative leaders who are curious about creating best places to work.

Working with a seasoned executive coach and leadership consultant trained in emotional intelligence and incorporating assessments such as the Bar-On EQ-I, CPI 260 and Denison Culture Survey can help you create an enlightened workplace where leaders at all levels create a happy and prosperous business enterprise where everyone is fully engaged. You can become a leader who models emotional intelligence and social intelligence, and who inspires people to become fully engaged with the vision, mission and strategy of your company or law firm.

About Dr. Maynard Brusman

Dr. Maynard Brusman is a consulting psychologist and executive coach. He is the president of Working Resources, a leadership consulting and executive coaching firm. We specialize in helping San Francisco Bay Area companies and law firms assess, select, coach, and retain emotionally intelligent leaders.  Maynard is a highly sought-after speaker and workshop leader. He facilitates leadership retreats in Northern California and Costa Rica. The Society for Advancement of Consulting (SAC) awarded Dr. Maynard Brusman "Board Approved" designations in the specialties of Executive Coaching and Leadership Development.

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