Invest in others


As a leader, you’re responsible for the success of every project you lead. Whether it’s a new ministry or a marketing campaign, ultimately the results of the project you’re leading rest on your shoulders. Over time, this responsibility can weigh on a leader. The stress and pressure of success can often cause leaders to pass along that stress to the people they lead through micromanagement and overall bad leadership.

A few days ago, I ran across this post from Lisa Endersby; it was a great reminder that our people are our project, not the project itself.

The legacy of a leader isn’t based on how many programs they launched or the numbers on the report they filed each quarter. Ultimately, the legacy of a leader is written on the hearts of others. When we begin to look at the community before us—the people who are a part of the projects we lead—we will understand our task is not just the producing, but also the caring and the helping.

Great leaders realize that leadership is not about them; it’s about other people. If your agenda doesn’t match the needs of your people, you need a new agenda.

If you want to create a culture where your people are your project, here’s what you can do:

Show your team you care just as much about their personal lives, their growth, and their development as you do about the project. If every conversation you have with your employees is about their job performance, you’re doing something wrong.

Consistently remind them of the important role they play within your organization. This is especially crucial for the Millennial generation because they’ve received instantaneous feedback their entire lives. If you want to make sure your employees are consistently producing exceptional work, make sure they know the impact they’re making.

Empower team members with responsibility and authority. Not only will this help them develop their personal leadership skills, it will also help your organization become one full of people that make things happen.

Give them the best chance possible to succeed. As a leader, make sure your team knows that you’re there to help them be as wildly successful as possible. This means being open to having conversations about the issues they’re struggling through without judgment or fear. The more successful your team is the more successful you are as a leader.

Ultimately good leadership is centered on others. Effective leaders will always place the interests of others above their own. Don’t let the stress of the project drive you to micromanagement and toxic leadership. Remember to empower your people. Help unleash the God-given potential in their divine design. Set your people up for success!

What are some other ways leaders can invest in people as their project?