TO KEEP INFLUENCING, KEEP BUILDING TRUST.
Not knowing what to expect from you as a leader will discourage your people from looking up to you.
The strength of a leader’s character engenders trust in him, and his people will look up to him for inspiration to nurture and express their talents. That also creates an atmosphere for hope, and strong confidence, to thrive.
Strength within begets respect on the outside. Respect is key to lasting leadership. You garner respect by making sound decisions, admitting mistakes, and putting what’s best for your followers and your organization ahead of your personal agenda.
Building trust among your followers is achieved with good character. To break trust is to forefeit your ability to lead.
Leadership mistakes: inability to prioritize pooled challenges, acceptance of flawed assumptions, failure to face urgent staff disharmony, and failure to own mistakes.
Trust is the lifeline of leadership. To keep influencing, keep building trust.
The less skilled in manifesting their strengths and talents follow leaders who are highly skilled and adept at manifesting their strengths and gifts.
Keep learning; keep growing as a leader, and when the occasion calls for it, be not afraid, demonstrate confidently that you know.
The ability to get a handle on intangible factors, understand them, and work with them to accomplish leadership goals is a great asset in the arsenal of a leader.
Leaders have the knack to step back from what’s happening at the moment, and deduce current and future consequences of present actions.