Here’s my concern: that you care for God’s flock with all the diligence of a shepherd. Not because you have to, but because you want to please God. Not calculating what you can get out of it, but acting spontaneously. Not bossily telling others what to do, but tenderly showing them the way. (1 Peter 5:2, 3 MSG)
A secure leader lifts their followers, they don’t leverage their followers. They motivate they don’t manipulate.
When we are leading people we have to remember we are leading to a greater cause not to our own personal success. Whether we “succeed” or not is beside the point. The point to leadership is to influence people to move from where they are to accomplishing the goal of the greater cause.
When you use people for your personal gain you will always end up manipulating them. Using people is not the goal. Teaching, training, developing them is the goal. If you accomplish greatness in your organization but haven’t benefited your people in the process you miss the point. The journey is far more important than the destination.
Our job as leaders is to motivate and lift those who follow us. Lifting them and motivating them in the direction of the cause of our organization. Not to push and pull and point, but to lead, guide and direct.
A good rule of thumb when we are leading is to think like a Sheapherd and how he relates to his sheep. He legitimately loves and cares for them and leads them to the best place for them.
This doesn’t mean we have to be less aggressive or passive it means our motives are to benefit others and live for a greater purpose. Try it I think it will work out well for you.
1. Discover what your real purpose is.
Why do you do what you do?
2. Treat your team like you want to be treated
Remember the Golden rule. As a leader you exist to develop them and lift their lids in life.
3. Take responsibility for the culture and attitude of your organization.
Don’t allow a dog eat dog mentality. No wolves allowed in this flock.
4. Lead, lead, lead.
Lead people, manage resources. People are not things.