Since the 1980s, leaders have been told they need to inspire their followers to accomplish great things. Researchers and popular books have asked leaders to be transformational, charismatic, servants and above all authentic. Along the way, the ability to tell great stories that are emotionally moving has raised the bar for leaders speaking in public. Some leaders are studying TED talks to unpack what they think is needed to become inspiring.
If public- speaking is more frightening than death for most of us,
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The first week of August 2012 was inspiring in many ways. We’ve been watching Olympic athletes give it their all. Then, last night NASA’s space lab/rover Curiosity landed successfully on Mars and began to beam images to earth. This sounds easier than it was, as the scientists and engineers involved called the landing on the Red Planet “7 minutes of terror.”(To see why, watch NASA’s explanatory video on YouTube called “Challenges of Getting to Mars”.) It’s great when we can look at what’s happening in the world and focus on being inspired instead of being disenchanted.
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