Respect and Leadership

August 10, 2010

The value of leadership is unquestioned across every aspect of our lives. In business, leadership is considered the cornerstone of growth for a company. In our church community we view leadership more as a directional push for the organization and guidance on a weekly basis. One thing that will greatly hinder or enhance your effectiveness is respect. It is easy as a leader to have a knee jerk reaction and say, “absolutely I have to be respected,” but that is not what I am talking about.
I am speaking to you as a leader, as a person. You must respect the people that you are entrusted to manage or to lead. Even in your home, if your wife believes that you don’t respect her then your relationship will have complications. In your leadership positions, your success is directly related to the production and efficiency of your help. You may never know how productive or how successful you and your organization can be unless you properly grow relationships with your help, employees or volunteers. In order to realize this, your relationships must be in good standing with all of the support system within your organization. All it takes is one person in the group that is unsettled with your leadership ability to break down the structure of support in the organization. This can be a daunting task if you have been in your position for a period of time. But, there is no time like the present to rebuild or even build new relationships with people. It is always beneficial to build these relationships based upon respect for one another and open communication. You never know where your best ideas and most constructive criticism may come from.

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