December 20, 2007

Winning the Confidence of Those You Lead

Jim Wideman has a great article on his blog about leadership. He offers 10 ways to win the confidence of those whom you lead.

1 Believe in yourself. No one wants to follow an insecure leader. At the same time you can put too much confidence in yourself. The key here is to be confident that Jesus has called you to be a leader.

2 Be upbeat and not discouraged or overwhelmed. Things are never as bad as you think, and you are not as wonderful as you think you are either. Be passionate and enthusiastic. If the task is too big for you, don’t let anyone know that, no one wants to rally around a defeated leader.

3 Carry yourself like a winner. Always look your best and dress for success. Know how to clean up well when you need to and don’t be silly.

4 Identify your present leadership level. How would rate yourself as a leader? How would your volunteers rate your leadership? If you are a five, sevens and eights can’t look up to you. You must grow as a leader.

Ask yourself these four simple questions and your on your way to your next level.
What level are you now?
Where do you want to be?
What do you need to do?
What steps can you take to begin?

5 Become a student of leadership and keep growing in your abilities. Always be reading. Listen to leadership teaching and mentors. Discuss what you are reading & learning with others leaders. Ask questions from people your recognize as an excellent leader.

To read the last five go here.

What do you think? Are there more you would add? Do you agree with these?

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