Leaders be Encouragers!

13 Oct

Zach Nielsen offers wise advice:

Apparently I can be intimidating. At least that’s what people tell me. My engine runs at high RPMs, and I tend to be on the type A side of the personality spectrum. I approach most issues in a black-and-white fashion and pursue excellence. Most leaders probably exhibit similar characteristics. This is why you are a leader. People want to follow because you are confident, strong, and know what you want and how to get it. But these characteristics can ruin your people (and you) if you are not careful.

Gracious words are like a honeycomb,

sweetness to the soul and health to the body.

Prov. 16:24

Leaders can give you a list of ways you can improve. They know the areas that need adjustment, correction, or improvement. This is a necessary ability in leading anything well. They will not long tolerate the status quo, or the organization becomes stagnant, and we all know what happens to water when it remains stagnant. It starts to stink.

However, if this is true, how can we lead well without constantly harping on our people? Herein lies the power of encouragement.

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