>Inspiring Others To Follow !

Posted: January 5, 2011 in Religion

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Inspiring Others To Follow !
One cannot lead from behind. You can drive them, but they will never follow. Your leadership will become resentment to them. You cannot lead from the center. You can comfort or sympathize with them, but they will not respect you as a leader.  You must lead front the front, only when you are ahead of others can you draw them along with you.  That’s what leadership is!
            Leadership is drawing people to a cause greater than themselves and motivating them to reach their potential in achieving it.  To “attract people” requires you to draw others along with you. To attract people “to a cause” means that you must know where you are going. To attract others to a cause “greater than themselves” means that you must have a sense of urgency about the goal.
            Here are seven tools for any leader who hopes to attract others to the mission: 
1.  Give people freedom to create: people must have the freedom to try new things, to be innovative, as a leader you release them to explore. “My Way or the Highway” is a motto for disaster.  
2.  Give People Authority, Not Just Responsibility: Effective leaders are not micromanagers. They know how to give others authority to make decisions within their responsibility. Giving the responsibility validates, gives worth and frees the associates to achieve.  
3.  Show Appreciation: show appreciation for whatever effort has been given. Show me a person who doesn’t like to be praised and I’ll show you person who doesn’t like anything. Praise them for working, praise them for attempting, praise them and they will work even harder to get the task just as was ordered.
4. Recognize Success: Public recognition encourages the bystanders to get involved. People work harder and better when they know they are being recognized and appreciated.
5. Involve People in the Journey: The old model was leadership from the top downward. The new model of leadership is participation oriented. When workers feel they are involved, they buy into the project and are more likely to show their creative ideas and support the endeavor. “We have a decision to make and I would like to hear your input” The team members who hear this are will follow the new direction, whether it was their idea or not.
6. Challenge People: Help them to understand that pain accompanies gain. There are rewards after the pain of accomplishment.
7. Show Compassion: Romans 12:15 says “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn (NIV).” Pray for the needs of your workers. Let them know you care about them. Compassion is crucial to leadership.
  • Do you want lead people? Get out in front of them; inspire them to change, and point the way. People are drawn to a good leader. Be one and they will follow.
Reference: Tobler, Stan. Practical Guide for Pastoral Ministry. Indianapolis IN: Wesleyn Publishing House, 2007.
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