Bill Clinton’s DNC Speech: Inspirational Leadership At Its Best

Please note that this blog post is to persuade you to turn your organization purple and vote in favor of leadership and organizational transformation.

Former President Bill Clinton’s rousing speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention was inspirational leadership at its best!  Clinton was deliberate.  The 42nd President took center stage with the intent to fire up the Democrats.  The screams!  The chanting!  And the excitement spread like wildfire!  It’s surprising that the roof wasn’t blown off the Time Warner Cable Arena.  The nearly 32-hundred word speech delivered powerful soundbites” I want to help nominate a man who is cool on the outside but burns for America on the inside,” Clinton said.

He wooed his audience with enthusiasm, compassion, sincerity and transparency.  Clinton engaged DNC delegates, officials, goers and convention watchers by making values-based appeals.  Former President Clinton was effective because he understood their stories, fears, downfalls, hopes and dreams.  An inspirational leader, Clinton masterfully addressed the needs and interests of the sick, parents, college students, the middle class, unemployed individuals, the underemployed, uninsured people, economically challenged, homeowners and senior citizens.  Clinton made people more hopeful.  He made them believe in themselves.  And believe in America.

From politics to organizations…leaders can significantly benefit from using Clinton’s inspirational leadership model.  He uplifted people by framing the speech to reflect the nation as whole…not just one political platform.  As leaders attempt to transform ailing, broken and divided organizations (people) consider some of President Clinton’s salient points on how to achieve this:

  • Respect
  • Cooperation
  • Exceptional Partnership
  • Inclusion
  • Shared Responsibility
  • Invest into People

Categories: Leadership: Influence, Styles & Behaviors, Organizational Transformation

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4 replies

  1. Nice post… After a week of school and work, I FINALLY was able to watch his speech this morning. I was looking forward to hearing him; great speaker!

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