People who are always quick to figure out the type of leader you are, especially if they are to follow you. There are a number of ways that reveal who you are as a leader without you saying a word. Carey Nieuwhof recently posted an article about this,sharing these 5 different things. I will share 2 of them here with you and link you to the rest.
1. WHETHER YOU DELIVER ON YOUR PROMISES
You never need to open your mouth for your team to determine whether they can trust you.
Trust, after all, is confidence.
The best way to establish confidence as a leader is to do what you said you’re going to do when you said you’re going to do it.
The challenge, of course, is that’s much harder to do than it seems.
Be careful about what you promise.
Be even more careful about how you deliver. It is far better to under-promise and over-deliver than it is to offer assurances that mean nothing.
And if you mess up, own up. People respect that.
And then do everything in your power not to repeat the same mistake again.
2. WHETHER YOU TRULY VALUE YOUR FAMILY OR THEIR FAMILY
I was talking to a leader the other week who was trying to figure out how much time to take off when there was so much to do at his rapidly growing church.
As we discussed this, it occurred to me that how he valued his family would signal whether he wanted his staff to value their families.
Most team members want a senior leader to go home at night to see his family.
The late night, early morning and all weekend emails actually discourage your staff. So do the seven day work weeks.
Even if you tell your staff “you take time off, I need to work,” they rarely feel secure in taking that time off.
Unfortunately, it took me years to learn that my working longer hours communicates to the team that it’s never safe for them to take time off.
How you value your family signals to your team whether you value their families.