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The Champion Forum Podcast

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Thank you for listening to The Champion Forum Podcast with Jeff Hancher! In today’s episode, we will discuss the qualities of inspirational leaders. We want to be leaders who inspire people to do more than they even thought was possible. A great way to do this is by listening to what people are saying! Of course, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to leadership, but you can still improve your leadership abilities by learning about norms and trends.

People want their leaders to:

  • Listen deeply

  • Give them time

  • Encourage them

  • Challenge them

  • Give feedback

  • Take risks

  • Give them a chance

  • Express their passion

  • Live their vision

Q: Which of these requests do you think challenges leaders most? Which of these is something that your leader does for you? How does that affect your job performance?

As leaders, we need to adjust to the needs of our people by being intentional and self-aware. It’s not enough to spend time challenging and supporting your team. You have to take consistent action and have a pure motive. Who you are, what you do, and the way you do it must be aligned. Q: Think of a leader who helped bring out your very best. Someone you consider a leader worth following. What did they make you feel? What did they inspire you to do?

“Whether you are in a formal leadership role or not, you have a choice about how you are showing up and using your influence.”

If you want to be a better leader, focus on being authentic, confident, and trustworthy.


Many leaders still feel pressured to project a tough image and act like they have it all figured out. What would happen if you were more vulnerable? What if you admitted to your mistakes or admitted that you are unsure about the best way to proceed? Authenticity fuels connection, which in turn, fuels employee engagement and production.


True confidence comes from knowing the why behind your actions. If you want to be an exceptional leader, finding and articulating your why should be at the top of your to-do list. You will gain confidence when you have answers and can be a resource to others.

Q: Can you articulate your why? What’s your bigger purpose?


Building trust is both highly challenging and incredibly rewarding. You have to be committed to carrying out your word, caring for people, being consistent, and being competent.

Q: What have you done to build trust recently? Which of those four characteristics of trust means the most to you? Are you a leader worth following? Are you taking your people someplace worth going?

What skills do you need to tune up to stand out as a leader?

Application Activities

  1. Do you have an avenue for your team to give you suggestions? If not, take the time to set it up this week. You can have an old-fashioned suggestion box or a google form. Then, set up a time to review the suggestions every week. If you want to build trust, you cannot just ask for an open dialogue. You have to take action!

  2. Do you want to be more confident? Get out of your comfort zone! Challenge yourself to try something you have never done before, like skydiving, joining a networking group, or going to an open-mic night. When you do something new, it increases your belief that you can do hard things. Then, when you face a challenge at work or in your personal relationships, your mind is already wired to believe that you can handle it!

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