A leader must be able to lend confidence to his followers

People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision. – John C. Maxwell

Who would you have an easier time trusting when they tell you that you have the making of an all star athlete, your father, or the highly awarded coach of a consecrated sports team? 

Neither of those above mentioned people are required to actually play the game itself, but I’m guessing that one of their opinions weighs more than the others. But why is that you ask? It’s because we are pre-conditioned to trust authority. And although your father does hold authority to you, when it comes to specific tasks, we give more importance to the opinion we perceive as being from a more objective and seemingly more qualified person. 

People first trust the leader and then trust the chances of success. A vision without a leader is simply a dream. And everyone has dreams, no matter how big or small.

Even in award reception speeches you often hear “thank you” being shelled out to the people who “believed in the dream” or “believed in the person going through the motions”. 

And it makes sense, especially in the case were you ask of your people to do things they have never done before. Until they actually do the work and start having the first string of successes, the only confidence they can hinge their effort on is the substitute confidence you as their leader place in them for following through with the task at hand. 

So make sure that you positively encourage your people to go out there and do the work. And be there for support, not just purely technical but emotional as well. You’ll do fine. 


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