HUFFINGTON POST
12/29/2014 07:00 am ET Updated Feb 26, 2015

3 Powerful Traits Of Inspirational Leaders

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A software glitch brings production to a screeching halt and now that crucial deadline appears as if it won't be met. Everyone has an opinion on a solution but time is of the essence. Enter the inspirational leader! He brings sanity to the chaos and he knows how to inspire staff and employees. So what does this guy have that you don't? Well...

1. They earn trust

According to Forbes, leaders like the late Nelson Mandela had so much influence because people knew they could trust him. His word was his bond. "This same sentiment can be carried over into the workplace, where employees want their leaders to be more trustworthy and transparent. Employees have grown tired of unexpected outcomes resulting from the lack of preparation," according to Forbes. If you want to inspire your team, keep your promises, big and small.

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2. They show enthusiasm

If you aren't enthusiastic, your team won't be. The key to inspiration is intense and eager enjoyment, showing interest and putting your stamp of approval on ideas that excite you.

Also, inspirational leaders rarely just take a walk -- they walk with a purpose. The point is have a plan and excel at sharing that plan. The most detailed vision won't do a bit of good if you can't enlist the help of your staff and employees. Be an excellent communicator.

3. They insist on an air of optimism

The workplace atmosphere plays a big role in how well your team performs. That being said, you can't pretend that problems don't happen. Encourage optimism -- insist on it but don't run from troubleshooting. Great leaders face problems head on and look for positive solutions.

How do you inspire your team? Please add to the discussion.

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