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What Support Looks Like in Leadership


“Each person holds so much power within themselves that needs to be let out. Sometimes they just need a little nudge, a little direction, a little support, a little coaching, and the greatest things can happen.” – Pete Carroll

This year I am focusing on everyday leaders. Not those who hold a formal position of authority, but those of us who, through our behaviors, have the ability to influence and inspire those around us just by being us. This is the eleventh installment of articles that focus on one specific behavior that can make a huge difference in our ability to impact the lives of others.

This month I want to talk about support. What does support have to do with being an everyday leader? Every one of us needs someone who we can count on to support us. This is where everyday leaders shine; they stand behind and support those around them. They offer encouragement, share their wisdom, and provide a shoulder to lean on.

So, what does support look like in everyday leadership?

Show the way:

Everyday leaders are known for the example they set for others. You can count on them to show you the way and keep you on course. They want to see you succeed. The example they set allows the everyday leader to have a positive impact on the lives of those who they work with.

Have your back:

We feel ill-at-ease when we question whether or not someone will have our back when the going gets tough. With everyday leaders you can trust that they will stand behind you in your time of need. Everyday leaders know that trust is the backbone of influence and value it above all else. It is this trust, knowing that they have your back, which allows everyday leaders to have such a positive influence on others.

Cheer you on:

We all accomplish more when we have someone in our corner cheering us on. Everyday leaders are your biggest fans. They believe in you. It is this encouragement that earns everyday leaders the trust and loyalty that is at the very foundation of leadership.

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Everyday leaders are able to influence others because of the authentic support they provide. They set an example and show others the way. They inspire trust and loyalty by always having your back, even when the going gets tough. They have a positive impact on the lives of those around them because they are their loudest cheerleader. Everyday leaders know the importance of supporting others and are willing serve as a role model, an encourager, and a cheerleader.

How can you start supporting others today?

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