5 Things Great Leaders Never Do

Steve and Ruth (Fitzpatrick) Moore are itinerant ministers of LIFE Ministries. Currently Steve and Ruth are on staff at Bethel Church in Redding, CA. Ruth is in charge of Commissioning and Ordination for Bethel Church and Steve is the Director of the Mentorship Program for the Bethel Third Year School of Ministry. Steve and Ruth have a heart to preach, teach, equip, and empower the body of Christ to live in a supernatural lifestyle and receive the abundant life that Jesus provided for us at the cross. Steve Moore interned for Steve Backlund as a powerful 2nd Year Church Track Leader in 2013-2014. He is now the amazing 3rd Year Mentor Director of the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. 

5 Things Great Leaders Never Do

1. Take All the Credit: 

  • “Recognizing achievement in others is one of the best qualities a leader can display. It builds confidence in the person you’ve recognized and it demonstrates that you place value on supporting the success of those who work with you and for you.” – Minda Zetlin
  • It builds trust with your team when they know you give credit where credit is due. 

2. Say, “That’s not my fault:”

  • The best leaders take responsibility for their actions. 
  • Don’t point fingers, pass blame, or throw people under the bus. Everyone makes mistakes. When you let people know that you are with them no matter the circumstances, then you show them that you are for them.   
  • You can create more trust on your team if you take ownership for things that are “not your fault.” Saying things like, “I could have been more proactive in my communication. I will make sure to communicate better in the future,” will show other people around you that you are for them.
  • Great leaders aren’t afraid to take bullets for their troops. 
  • This doesn’t mean that we don’t confront people when they get something wrong. It means we must decide what is “worth confronting” and ask ourselves, “What could we have done better in that situation?” 

3. Say, “I know that, or I’ve already thought of that.” 

  • When you value peoples’ intelligence and contributions, you make them look good and feel smart.” - Jacquelyn Smith
  • By saying the above statement, you are subconsciously creating signals of “I don’t need you” and you potentially could shut the person down from bringing ideas in the future.
  • Great leaders will sacrifice “their need” to have all the answers/ideas so that they can create value within their team.
  • If they bring an idea that you have already thought of, you can say: “Wow, that’s a great idea! I would love to hear more about that, because I was thinking of something along the same lines. Do you have anymore ideas like that? This is what I was thinking. What do you think?” This creates value for the person’s idea and invites them into the process by “giving them a voice.”

4. Say, “That’s not the way we do it around here.” 

  • “Successful leaders are passionate about innovation.” Jacquelyn Smith
  •  Even if you disagree with someone’s idea, say instead, “Wow. That’s an interesting idea. How would that work?” or “That’s a different approach. Let’s discuss the pros and cons.
  • No organization or company ever became the leading voice without thinking “differently” than everyone else.
  • By saying, “That’s not the way we do it around here,” you are guaranteeing yourself and your team to never come up with anything innovative, because you are limiting yourself and your team on how you do things.

5. Break Commitments:

  • Honor your word as a leader. It is one of the most important things you can ever do.
  • Always lean more towards, “Under promising and over delivering,” as opposed to “Over promising and under delivering."
  • By doing this, you build trust with your team and create a healthy expectancy within your team members. Expectancy is the gateway to successful dreaming.
  • Your team knows that your word means something and it will go a long way when you are faced with a difficult situation. In the midst of fear and the unknown, they will have added trust in you, because of your consistent track record. 

Declare this about your leadership:

  • I am a great leader!
  • I create powerful, innovative, and empowering teams!
  • I set the culture and the environment of my team.
  • My vision inspires the people around me.
  • I was born to lead!

Blessings to you all,

Steve Moore

Website: www.life-ministries.org

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