What Kind Of Leader Are You?

April 11, 2018 0 Comments

Being The Leader That Believes in Others

By Dr. Paul L. Gerhardt, PhD

Believing in others is the first step towards empowerment. It helps motivate a person, increase their confidence and boost their morale. A leader who can express their belief in others is a leader on the path to becoming great and successful; it is the leader that everyone endeavors to be. Today we will discuss a few reasons behind being the leader that believes in others.

First of all, a leader of this sort is amazing to be around. A person who can believe in others is someone who is optimistic and radiates positivity, creating a positive atmosphere everywhere they go. This leader will have the power to motivate the people around them with his/her attitude and will be an essential member of the team to boost morale.

Next, a leader who has the quality to believe is the mastermind behind innovation and progress. Over the centuries, many renowned people like Newton, Kepler, Copernicus and countless more have had their proposed theories mocked, ridiculed and disregarded before they were finally considered acceptable. Imagine instead if the same people gave up on their work because of all the negativity that was sent towards them – where would we be then?

Now, consider the presence of a leader who believed in others in each of those situations. A leader who could motivate these now famous scientists, who told them that their theories were not rubbish and encouraged them to go on. One man thinking in this manner can literally change the course of history. This is the importance of the man who believes in others.

This does not necessarily have to apply to just famous leaders, however. Consider your own home, your own family. The way your parents believe in you, like no one else on the planet does is an example of great leadership itself. Would you be the half the person you are now if once upon a time, a loving motherly voice hadn’t said that no matter what happens she will be with you? All of those children who grow up to be poets, scientists, astronauts and so much more must have had a guiding presence in their lives who continuously told them that they can be anything they want and excel in it.
Think of Johnny Depp, the famous actor who portrays Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of A Caribbean  movies. He was told from an early age that he could be anything his heart desired to be – and so he did. This man played countless different roles in a bunch of different movies, all the while believing that he could do it.

In every group, or workforce there is always the necessity of a person who believes in the cause and can push others to believe as well. This person is the driving force, the one who keeps the team on track and stops them from losing hope. Hope is what they signify and the world is lost without it. For a leader to rise as great, he or she must possess the ability to believe in others first. Leaders are only as strong as they allow their people to be. This is why empowering people, trusting people, communicating a clear vision with people, and involving each team member in the planning process is so important. Great leaders are great because they believe in their people and give them what it takes to be successful. Are you doing these things with your people every day? If not, your expenses are probably higher than they could be and your motivation levels may not be as good as you think.

Dr. Paul Gerhardt is a tenured professor of management, diversity and leadership lecturer/trainer and the author of several publications available on Amazon.com, including Diversity at Work and the new Leadership Handbook. Consider inviting Dr. Paul Gerhardt to do customized leadership or diversity training at your organization. Most organizations find that diversity and leadership training by the right trainer has a significant instant return on investment. You can get your FREE COPY of the Leadership Handbook by clicking this link: http://bit.ly/LeadershipHandbook


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