And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. ~Matthew 7:28-29John W. Gardner observed, “If I had to name a single all-purpose instrument of leadership, it would be communication.” If you cannot communicate, you will not lead others effectively.
If you lead your team, give yourself three standards to live by as you communicate to your people.
1. Be Consistent -Nothing frustrates team members more than leaders who can’t make up their minds.
2. Be Clear-Your team cannot execute if they don’t know what you want. Don’t try to dazzle anyone with your intelligence; impress them with your simple straightforwardness.
3.Be Courteous-Everyone deserves to be shown respect, no matter what their position or what kind of history you might have with them. If you are courteous to your people, you set a tone for the entire organization.
Never forget that as the leader, your communication sets the tone for the interaction among your people.
Take the Lead
And Barak said to her, “If you will go with me, then I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go!” ~Judges 4:8
People follow men and women whose leadership they respect. The less-skilled follow the more highly skilled. In general, followers seek those who are better leaders than themselves.
Deborah’s leadership gifts commanded the respect of both men and women, even though few women in her day rose to leadership positions. Even Barak, the military commander of the northern tribes of Israel, sought her help.
The more leadership ability someone has, the more quickly they recognize leadership-or its lack-in others. When groups of people get together for the first time, take a look at what happens. Leaders in the group immediately take charge. They think about the direction they desire to go and whom they want to take with them. At first, individuals may make tentative moves in several directions, but after they get to know one another, it doesn’t take long for them to recognize the strongest leaders and to follow them.
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