I have a great leader in Artie Davis. In the time that I’ve known him, I’ve grown incredibly as a young leader. I’ve learned some valuable lessons along the way and realized that young leaders need to hear these 3 things…
1. “I believe in you.”
Everyone needs to know that someone else believes in them. It’s no different as a young leader. As a young leader myself, I often wonder if I’m the only one that believes that I can make a real difference in the world. I get discouraged when I feel like I’m stuck or lack the ability to lead effectively. It’s important that every young leader hears that someone believes in them. There’s something empowering about hearing that someone who has been in more battles and leads successfully believes in you. Let your young leaders know that they’re not just projects, but powerful people.
2. “Make it happen.”
I love hearing this as a young leader. I know I can’t do it without God leading me through it, but I love knowing that a project, a plan, or a process is in my hands. I like the feeling of being trusted with something enough that my leader decides to leave it in my hands. It makes me determined to be successful. Trust your young leaders.
3. “It’s OK.”
Even though I believe in God’s anointing in my life and listen to God, I still mess it up on occasion. I drop the ball or say something that I shouldn’t have. I like hearing the words, “It’s OK.” See, ultimately the mistake a young leader makes isn’t near as big as the impact they’ll one day make. Believe in them. Trust them. Let them fail.
If you’re a leader, what do you need to hear?