Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers … (Filmed atTEDxPugetSound.)

In 2009, Simon Sinek released the book “Start With Why” — a synopsis of the theory he has begun using to teach others how to become effective leaders and inspire change. Full bio »

If you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood and sweat and tears.” (Simon Sinek)

13 common behaviors of trusted leaders around the world

Excellent roadmap on becoming a trusted authentic leader. Dr. Stephen Covey’s 13 common behaviors of trusted leaders around the world based on his research:

1. Talk straight.  Make it who you are and how you do business.
2. Demonstrate respect.  As a leader you must model the behaviors you want on the team.
3. Create transparency.  Be the man and be open enough that others can see it.
4. Right wrongs.  People ;make mistakes.  Find the ones that effect your team and fix it.
5. Show loyalty.  Stand up for your people.  Umbrella them from all the BS rolling downhill.
6. Deliver results.  Work harder than anyone else and get things done on time.
7. Get better.  Continuously improve.  Do something that makes you better and keep at it.
8. Confront reality.  Tell it like it is.  Don’t hide from problems or impediments.  Face them head on.
9. Clarify expectation.  Tell them what you want, Show them what you want.  Clear up any misunderstandings.
10. Practice accountability.  Hold yourself and others accountable for their performance.
11. Listen first.  Keep an open mind.  Make sure you fully understand what your team is facing.
12. Keep commitments.  Under promise and over deliver.
13. Extend trust.  Trust your team. Trust others.  Trust yourself. Trust your peers and your superiors.