Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the longest serving First Lady in our history, once distinguished good leaders from great leaders with this quote: “Good leaders inspire people to have confidence in the leader. Great leaders inspire people to have confidence in themselves.”
Being a good leader is not easy. To inspire people to have confidence in us we must be competent. We must make good decisions that move our organizations forward. We must help craft the vision of what we want our organizations to be and communicate that vision clearly so all are moving in the same direction. When we do these things, we gain the confidence of our team members.
Being a great leader is even harder. To be a great leader we must inspire people to have confidence in themselves. So in addition to all the things required of a good leader, we must also encourage others, support them, coach them, teach them, and provide positive recognition for the good things they do. This means we must be present; we must be there to see the good things our team members are doing. And when we see these things, we must recognize and praise them for their good work. When we recognize the positive behaviors of our team members, we tend to get more of these same positive behaviors. At the same time, we also build the confidence of our team members so they believe in themselves. When we inspire our team members to have confidence in themselves, we move from good leadership to great leadership.
Strive for great leadership this week. Inspire your people to believe in themselves. Don’t settle for them having confidence in you, inspire your team members to have confidence in themselves.
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