The answer to that question reveals if we’re selfish leaders or selfless leaders. It answers if the organization is about ourselves or if it’s about the vision. Wanting the best for the organization will be the result of doing what’s best for the team, and the team needs to be ENCOURAGED. One of the hats leaders need to wear is the hat of CHEERLEADER.
One of the unsung heroes of the Bible was a man named Barnabas. He really lived out the meaning of his name, “son of encouragement”. Every time you see him pop up in the Bible, he’s coming alongside somebody encouraging them, believing in them. When the leaders didn’t trust the newly converted Paul, it was Barnabas who stood up for him (Acts 9:26-27). When John Mark had screwed up on a missions trip, it was Barnabas who didn’t give up on him (Acts 15:36-39). Both men accomplished great things for God and Barnabas played a big role in that.
Do you want the best, not just for your organization, but also for the people God’s placed in your life to lead? If so, here’s a practical acronym to remember for cheering your team on to be their B.E.S.T. It’s taken from John Maxwell’s book “Developing The Leaders Around You”. Here it is…
B elieve in them. Don’t assume they know. With your words and actions, remind them that you believe in them.
E ncourage them. Communicate specifically what you appreciate about them and how their contributions help the team.
S hare with them. We need to be accessible to our people. As the saying goes, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”.
T rust them. Take some calculated risks and let them try some things that will expand their development and communicate your belief in their abilities.
Let’s be the best leaders we can be for our team. Pull out your pom-poms and cheer them on to be their best!