Leaders should be visionaries.
Leaders should focus on the big picture.
Leaders should be the face of the organization.
We could continue to list many things leaders should be and do. Leaders have many important responsibilities, of which the most important is to lead.
What does leading mean though?
We’ve discussed before that leaders and managers are not necessarily the same. Titles or positions don’t always dictate leadership.
A person cannot lead if no one will follow.
Leading, therefore, must include doing certain things to earn (not gain) a following. The best way to act like a leader and get someone to follow is to feed someone’s faith.
Feed someone’s faith … what does this mean?
To feed someone’s faith (or feed your faith) is to increase belief in whatever the goal is. Let’s look at a few examples:
The easiest example, when discussing faith, is organized religion. A preacher is typically at the forefront of a church congregation. He is responsible for the formal preaching and much of the teaching.
A preacher’s primary responsibility is to preach the truth. A secondary responsibility is to feed the faith of the individuals making up the church family.
Through inspirational sermons, motivating talks and living as an example of faith, such a preacher will feed the faith of the church members. The members’ faith in the church’s teachings will be fed, i.e., deepened, by the preacher.
Feed their faith and their doubts will starve.
A preacher builds up the faith so much that doubts do not exist. Doubts creep in every now and then but when our faith is continually fed, we leave less and less room for those doubts.
Feeding someone’s faith is not only applicable to religion. It’s just as applicable to the work place.
Have you ever listened to an inspirational or motivational speech from your organization’s primary leader, i.e., CEO? If you came away from such a presentation feeling better about your job, then you’ve had your faith fed.
Any leader in an organization, from the lowest level to the highest, can help a co-worker see the value and mission of the organization.
Studies have shown that more than 70% of employees are not happy with their jobs. It’s evident the corporate world has done a poor job of feeding the faith of employees.
With some consistent and intentional feeding of employees’ faith regarding the organization’s mission, value and “why,” that percentage would drop dramatically. Doubts about why to work for that organization would be starved!
You can even feed your faith. It’s called personal development or personal investment.
When is the last time you invested in yourself?
You can feed your faith in several ways. It’s so important to develop and invest in yourself.
This self-development does not have to be all about your professional career either. It should be about you. Once you take care of yourself, you can take care of others, including your job.
Here are 10 simple ways you can feed your faith to starve the doubts:
2. Go to a conference
3. Watch a relevant video
4. Spend quality time with your family and/or friends
5. Catch up on sleep
6. Exercise more often
7. Eat healthy more consistently
8. Read your Bible
10. Do nothing
Life is too short to suffer though it.
Instead of dreading each day before it comes and complaining about each day after it’s over, live life to its fullest.
Feed your faith. Feed someone else’s faith.
Make the world a better place by getting rid of the doubts. Your mind can fit either all the hope and positive thoughts in the world or all the doubts in the world. However, it cannot fit both faith and doubt.
Faith and doubt cannot co-exist.
Question for you:
What will you do today to feed your faith and starve those doubts?