Young Leader Advice
Here’s a random list of practical advice for young leaders.
If one can learn and practice these early in their career (or ministry) it will help avoid having to learn them by experience.
Never attend a meeting without some way to take notes
It helps you remember but it also communicates you care about what is being discussed. If you take notes on your electronic device (phone), be sure to tell people that’s what you are doing.
Respect your elders
The fact is, you may not always feel respected by them, but that’s their fault not yours. Showing respect to people older than you now will ensure you receive natural respect from others when you’re the elder in the relationship.
Learn all you can from everyone you meet
This includes the awkward, even difficult people that you encounter. (You may actually learn more from them if you’re willing.)
Never burn a bridge
You’ll be surprised how many times relationships come back around. Don’t be caught by surprise.
Be an encourager in the organization
Encouragers win the approval of others and are rewarded because they are liked. Be a genuinely positive influence on your team.
Never underestimate a connection –
When someone introduces you to someone, consider it a high compliment. Follow through on the opportunity to know someone new. You’ll be surprised how often these relationships will work for good.
Drop the defensiveness –
Young people often get defensive when a person with more experience shares something they do not yet know. This is especially true when being corrected by a leader. Remember you don’t know what you don’t yet know. It’s okay. Learn from your mistakes. Grow from your correction. Be patient with those who are trying to teach you. Get the chip off your shoulder and allow feedback to make you better. Over time you’ll win over those who see you as inexperienced.