Today, we’re concluding our thinking about the “6 Big C’s of Leadership” with a look at the final “C” — consideration.
Consideration is a character quality without which a leader can easily become a tyrant. As a Christian person, one tries to emulate the careful consideration Jesus gave to every person He met — how He listened, and focused, and asked questions, and let the person know things about Himself that gave the person security and an inclusive way of belonging to the group.
Consideration props up a person’s security and is a crucial element of fairness. For example, if the amount of work for one team member far exceeds the amount of work for other team members, a successful leader will find some way to acknowledge and reward that unique level of effort.
A good leader knows how to do this, not only with a bonus and praise, although that’s fine, but also with such things as: extending an offer for an educational experience the person values, presenting an award that really means something in the company, or recommending a promotion or an opportunity to go to a conference where the individual can meet experts in their field.
A leader who is considerate of others is a valuable asset. Team members work harder because that leader notices. Experts contribute more because their input is valued and used. Other leaders seek the considerate leader to emulate because the considerate leader has humility. The leader programs “rest” for themselves and the team into the schedule.
Nehemiah was a considerate leader. He had a conviction that God was on His side. He realized people would defend the section of wall near their homes with greater zeal because they loved the people living in that home. Nehemiah valued his team members, and they knew it, so he let them protect their families. Read Chapter 7 through the end of Nehemiah. This is a story of extraordinary leadership of an entire people that began with God’s selection of Nehemiah to lead His team of thousands.
God selects and supports every Christian leader. We can lean on Him. Learn to take your opportunities and challenges to the Lord. Keep practicing your skills. Keep analyzing your results. Build relationships with other leaders and discuss ideas for even better leadership.
Build your Six Cs:
Let me know if you try implementing these in one of your teams, or if you have a “C” that you think we need to add, tell us. We’ll learn something together.
Lead on! God is on your side!