Advice for the Reluctant Leader

Have you ever been hesitant to lead?

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Dave Workman, president of Partnership Advisors, shares his advice for reluctant leaders—those who may have been hesitant about leadership at first, but didn’t realize the ways in which they were already leading others in their lives.

“I would say [I was] kind of dragged kicking and screaming into leadership until I took some time to reflect on my life and realized, oh, there were all sorts of times, from junior high school, high school, where I was leading in ways that I didn't think were classic leadership ways,” explains Dave.

Watch the video to hear Dave’s tips on how reluctant leaders should view leadership.

I think I have a heart for what I would call the reluctant leader, and that's me totally. I would say kind of dragged kicking and screaming into leadership until I took some time to reflect on my life and realized, oh, there were all sorts of times, from junior high school, high school, where I was leading in ways that I didn't think were classic leadership ways. And so my problem was this myopic view of leadership.

So what I would say to the reluctant leader is try to reorient the neurons firing in your brain right now to not think of leadership as just being this aggressive, hard-charging, Type A, high D on the DISC test, that kind of leader. It's not always that.

And what's really interesting is those types of leaders are often the worst leaders in certain times where situational leadership is absolutely critical, because that's the classic if all you got is a hammer, everything is a nail, and that's a dangerous place for the leader to get to.

The problem is that sometimes we celebrate and we hold up the aggressive, shark, high D leaders, and that becomes the picture of leadership. And that's way, way, way, far away from the truth, I think.

Situational leadership is way overlooked in so many people that I knew and rubbed shoulders with. It's like the love languages. You know what motivates people. But we often think that the thing that does it for us is the thing that does it for them. Reluctant leaders have to get out of that thing of seeing that style of leadership as being the only way.
Dave workman

Dave Workman

Dave Workman is president of Partnership Advisors, a consortium of leaders devoted to helping churches and nonprofits become healthier and increase their impact. He is the author of The Outward-Focused Life: Becoming a Servant in a Se...

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