This may sound oversimplified, but the way to inspire your team, your company, your family is to give them something to follow. I heard Bill Hybels of WillowCreek say years ago (I don't know if it was his line) "speed of the leader, speed of the team". It is not enough to be President or Vice President and use positional authority to demand submission. It is not even enough to provide tasks lists so long that days are full of work. No, you have to grow yourself and pass on that growth. You have to walk with people and help them succeed both at work and in life. In the end, like it or not, being the leader can't be about a larger salary, more perks and the ability to sit back and have everybody else do the work. To truly lead, you need to set the example in all things, and care enough to help others along the path you are blazing.