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Volume 65: Inspiring Confidence and Trust

AUGUST 2019

This month’s eLEAD theme is one of the top characteristics of leadership effectiveness as identified by Towers Watson. The focus for August is inspiring confidence and trust through words and deeds.

I often think that Paul had a lot of confidence to tell the Corinthians to “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” In dealing with some of the controversies and questions facing the church at the time he conceded that he was not looking for his own good but for the good of those who would see and hear the gospel message and be saved by it (1 Corinthians 10:33). In these words, he was trying to inspire the confidence and trust of the believers who looked to him as an authoritative and graceful voice with integrity in the midst of a growing church with very real growing pains. 

Tod Bolsinger wrote in Canoeing the Mountains, that “unless we demonstrate that we are credible on the map, no one is going to follow us off the map” (pg. 50). He goes on to state that building trust is essential! Inspiring trust and confidence cannot be assumed. It has to be built over time, through relationships and consistency of actions. However, lookout, because when “trust is lost, the journey is over” (pg. 66). Inspiring trust and confidence through words and deeds has to be constant and consistent for those in leadership, no doubt. 

Later in his ministry Paul would write to the Corinthians of his confidence in them. After a time when the Corinthians had gone through some struggles and refocused on the mission of Jesus Christ before them, they ministered even to the ministers.

And Paul said, “I am glad I can have complete confidence in you” (2 Corinthians 7:16).

Following Christ is our call and our mission is to make disciples who can make disciples and transform the world. To accomplish this, we have to inspire confidence and trust in those around us.  

Through the blogs of our own Rev. Angela Pleasants and Rev. Frank Ramos as well as the variety of articles, books and videos in this edition, I hope you will find some encouragement and tips in building that confidence and trust with those in our ministry settings. Every Blessing!

This month’s eLEAD has been coordinated by Rev. Kari L. Howard. Kari is the pastor of West Bend UMC, Asheboro, NC of the Uwharrie District and is the vice-chair of the Leadership Development Team.


THE TRUSTWORTHY LEADER

by Rev. Angela A. Pleasants, Catawba Valley District Superintendent. 

I am an avid hiker. I often hike with a group, but my greatest joy is when I hike alone. And, when I make it to the top, I can appreciate and meditate on the vast greatness of God’s work...MORE 


THE CALL AND CHALLENGE OF LEADERSHIP

by Rev. Frank Ramos, Pastor of Mission Adonai, Asheboro, NC, Uwharrie District.

We must recognize that the call to leadership in the Church is a call to service as modeled in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, by engaging in a true disciple of words and deeds for all. One of the greatest challenges I see in the church today is for members to be able to trust their leaders...MORE 


ONLINE VIDEO: MINUTE WITH MAXWELL


WHY SOME LEADERS HAVE THEIR EMPLOYEES’ TRUST, AND SOME DON’T.

by Jim Harter, Gallup Workplace.

Do your employees trust your company's leadership? What causes people to trust their leaders in the first place? Who ultimately fosters trust in all levels of the organization?...MORE 


 WHY INSPIRING TRUST AND TRUSTING OTHERS ARE ESSENTIAL LEADERSHIP CAPACITIES (WITHIN BOUNDS)

by Prudy Gourguechon, Forbes.

The capacity for trust—both to trust others and to inspire trust—is a fundamental character trait every leader with great responsibility must-have.  But it’s tricky.  A leader dependent on praise and affirmation or one who is overwhelmed by his duties can be too trusting.  Charismatic leaders excel at inspiring trust but can use it to manipulate their followers in ways that can turn malignant.  In fact, even the greatest leader—and each of us—sometimes trusts unwisely or lets down those who have trusted her… MORE


THE IMPORTANCE OF TRUST IN LEADERSHIP 

by David L. Mineo, DL Mineo Consulting, Research Management Review

Trust is the glue that binds the leader to her/his followers and provides the capacity for organizational and leadership success...MORE


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PREVIOUS eLEAD TOPICS

Managing the Vision (July 2019)

Vision (June 2019)

A Life of Growth as a Whole Person (May 2019)

Everyone in Ministry: Inspiring Passion to Faithfully Grow, Learn and Serve (April 2019)

Standing in the Gap (March 2019)

Encouragement is 51% of Leadership (February 2019)

Conflict Resolution (January 2019)

Best of 2018 (December 2018)

Partnerships (November 2018)

Effective Leaders in Ministry (October 2018)

The Heart of Leadership - A Spiritual Bedrock(September 2018)

Equipping Leaders (August 2018) Agile Leadership (July 2018)

Cultural Disruption Strategies (June 2018)

Providing Leadership in Ministry with Millennials (May 2018)

The Politics of Preaching (April 2018)

Engaging and Impacting Community (March 2018)

Spiritual Care (February 2018)

Developing Self-Awareness (January 2018)

Best of 2017 (December 2017)

Investing in the Dream (November 2017)

People-ing The Dream (October 2017)

Vision and Leadership (September 2017)

Developing a Small Group Culture (August 2017)

Stepping Away for Formation, Renewal, and Growth (July 2017)

 
 
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