Most pastor leaders realize that trust is foundational to their success. If the people they lead don’t trust them, how can they be expected to follow (unless it’s the military, where they have to follow)? But even in the military, where there is forced compliance, leaders need to be trusted in order to exact the highest performance
from those they lead.
I have said that the truly effective leader is the well-defined leader. This well-defined leader is one who has a great deal of (and ever-deepening) self-awareness. As a result of this, the well-defined leader is able to first trust him/herself. S/he has a good sense of his/her strengths and weaknesses. S/he knows his/her talents, and
s/he has developed these talents into strengths. S/he knows when to employ these strengths, and when these strengths might be a detriment. S/he has a good sense of what it’s like to be on the other side of him or her – how his or her actions and attitudes are perceived by and impact other people.
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