Bain Inspirational Leadership System
We’ve built a powerful model based on four foundational principles and 33 distinct elements. This proven approach enables your leaders to inspire as never before.
A specific set of research-based design principles differentiates our approach:
We gather and aggregate self-assessed and colleague insights, encouraging self-reflection and transformation in the way you inspire others.
All of the elements that make up our approach to leadership are proven to be statistically significant in driving inspiration across every level of an organization.
Inspirational Leadership can—and should—be developed by everyone. The sooner all employees start developing inspirational skills, the stronger and more valuable these skills will be.
Instead of one leader inspiring the masses, many employees are able to inspire others in roles both above and below them.
Diving deeper into leadership, we built a model based on four foundational principles:
The Bain Inspirational Leadership System is made up of 33 elements we have identified as statistically significant for inspiring others. While every person is inspired by a different combination of these skills, they all collectively matter to your employees regardless of their role within your organization. The skills below are categorized into four groups based on the type of interactions they’re most closely associated with.
When it comes to application, the strengths-based nature of our leadership model encourages you to focus on what you’re good at, rather than trying to be exceptional at all of the elements of inspiration. Research proves that leaders need only demonstrate a handful of strengths to have a high likelihood of inspiring the people they work with.
We use a robust definition of strengths, based on research and validated by our own analytics. The best assessment of your strengths is in your comparison with your peers.
Building even one distinguishing strength gives you a likelihood of inspiring at least half of the people you work with. Recognizing that you don’t need to master all elements to be inspirational, we encourage you to choose four distinguishing strengths for your unique and reinforced leadership brand.
With the help of 360° surveys, self-assessments, and structured reflection, we help you create your own leadership brand. This is both art and science, including analytical input from others and deep personal reflection. The four elements of your leadership brand may be skills you’ve already mastered, have the potential to master, or are very passionate about.
Our ambition for the clients we work with is that everyone experiences, learns and demonstrates inspirational leadership—transforming their daily interactions and creating differentiated personal assets and professional results.
When working with clients on collective deployment of a more inspirational approach, we: