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What I've learned about leading leaders better

I've learned to ...

Listen ~ Value ~ Include ~ Appreciate

These things are more important than most people realize.

I've learned that most any difference or storm can be navigated successfully by doing these four things with those I lead.

I've learned about the importance of getting the right person in the right place.  A lot of frustration has come for me when I've simply misplaced a leader.  It really isn't their fault that they aren't producing if they are in the wrong spot.

I've learned how important it is to consider people for leadership even when and perhaps especially when we are really different people.  Yesterday I had a great conversation with my husband about a few people on our team that I'm so different from in world views on different things yet in ministry we mesh together like mashed potatoes and gravy!  A beautiful combination. 

I've learned how respect for one another despite our differing viewpoints is so important at the end of the day.  

I've learned how important it is to work on any insecurities I may have.  Nothing threatens my ability to lead as much as insecurity.  How can I fully release someone if I am insecure? And how can I grow as a person or as a leader if I am insecure?

Once somebody is in the right spot - release them to flourish.

Realize, the more they flourish the better it is for the both of us.

Something Rick Warren said sums it up for me:  "All of us are smarter than one of us."

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