15 Encouragements For Young Leaders

February 6, 2013 — 30 Comments
15 Encouragements For Young Leaders | Joseph Lalonde

One of the greatest joys of my life has been pouring into the lives of young leaders. Seeing the hunger and drive of their youth is invigorating.

And yet we see young leaders fall to the wayside far too often. Hurt, discouraged, ready to give up.

This is why we must find ways to stay encouraged. A discouraged leader does his team no good.

Today I want to offer you 15 encouragements as you take the leadership journey. Some will apply to situations you’re currently facing. Others will apply to the situations that will be coming. Tuck these pieces of encouragement away and pull them out when you need them.

15 encouragements for young leaders

You’ll never fully arrive: What? This is an encouragement? Yes, if I do say so. Remember, the end will always be elusive. There will be times of frustration because you can’t see the end. That’s because it’s not there. Don’t stress arriving, enjoy the journey.

Always be learning: I can’t stress this enough. Never stop learning. Strive to learn something new everyday. When you become a continual learner, you’ll always be in a period of growth and in a position to spring ahead.

Reach someone below you: Choose someone to mentor that’s an emerging leader. Teach them what you’ve learned. Gain new knowledge you know will benefit them. Allow them to challenge you. An amazing thing will happen. You’ll teach them, they’ll teach you.

Take time to rest: Leaders want to always be on. We often overlook the importance of rest. Don’t make this mistake. Be intentional and schedule times of rest.

You can’t make everyone happy: Regardless of how hard you try, you can’t please everyone. Don’t sweat it. Give your best and let it stand on it’s own.

Form good relationships: Every needs someone they can rely on. Find good people and form relationships with them. They’ll lift you up when you’re down, challenge you when things are good, and keep you humble when you’re experiencing success.

Embrace change: Many people are scared of change. Don’t be. As a leader, you’ll see change come again and again. Embrace it and go with it.

Create a vision: Knowing the direction you want to go will be paramount in keeping you motivated. Create a vision and keep it in mind.

Protect your health: Don’t let your body fall into disrepair. Eat right. Exercise regularly. Bathe (-; If you’re unhealthy, it’s much harder to lead. Do what you can to stay physically fit.

Be proactive: Be willing to make decisions. This is what leaders do. They see what needs to be done and they decide on a course of action. See the problem. Make the decision. Carry out the decision.

Guard yourself against temptations: You may think temptations will never come your way. Don’t be foolish. There will always be temptation in front of you. Make the choice to avoid falling into temptations trap.

Be authentic: People don’t want to follow someone who is fake. Be honest and authentic. Let your true self shine through. Your team will appreciate this.

You have great responsibility: Uncle Ben in the Spider-Man comics said this best – “With great power comes great responsibility.” Your power is the ability to influence and guide others. Use this power wisely.

Take a stand on the important issues: There will be times when you’ll be challenged on what you believe. Stand firm in what you know and don’t waiver on the important issues. You’ll lose respect if you’re constantly flip-flopping.

Enjoy your time as a leader: Leadership positions are temporary and will come and go. Enjoy your time as a leader. It may be gone before you know it.

Question: What encouragements would you share with a young leader? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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  • http://www.leadtoimpact.com/ Bernard Haynes

    Great list. I encourage young leaders to create a vision and set goals that embrace your vision. 

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Bernard, that’s awesome. Young leaders need to be encouraged to do that as it’s not something widely taught. 

    • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

       Vision is essential. Great addition Bernard.

  • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

    Love these–and they aren’t just for the young! Great list, Joe.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Thanks Skip. 

  • http://sparkvoice.wordpress.com/ DS

    Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but be an example…

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Good advice DS. Just because someone is young doesn’t mean they don’t have value to add. If they’re able to step up and show it, they’ll get things done.

      • http://sparkvoice.wordpress.com/ DS

        1. *1 Timothy 4:12 *

  • http://tcavey.blogspot.com/ TCAvey

    Taking a stand on important issues is so important. It shows how trustworthy you are. Integrity is vital in a leader. Once you lose it, it’s hard to get it back. 

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      So true TC. Speaking of Integrity, have you read Henry Cloud’s book Integrity? It deals with this issue specifically.

      • http://tcavey.blogspot.com/ TCAvey

        I haven’t read that, but it sounds good! Thanks for the suggestion.

        • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

          You’re welcome TC. If you pick it up, please let me know what you thought of the book.

  • http://www.mondayisgood.com/ Tom Dixon

    Take advantage of opportunities that come along. Don’t be afraid to fail. Be uncomfortable sometimes. Grow. Read a book, repeat.

    • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

       Great addition Tom.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

       Love those Tom. Don’t be afraid to fail has to be towards the top of the list!

  • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

    Those are great encouragements we can offer out people and young leaders. I think sharing with them the rewards and blessing of leadership payoff. Not necessarily financial or success but the positive impact that has changed and rubbed off on others. I know many times my small acts of kindness and leadership have made a huge impact on the youth I lead. Great post!

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      That’s a great addition Dan. I remember plenty of times seeing one of my leaders being rewarded for the work I had done (or so I had seen it) of meeting sales goals or customer totals. I would almost extend this to sharing in the financial rewards as well.

      • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

         Thanks man. It’s rewarding when it happens.

  • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

    Always be asking and thinking about how you can do better.  It’s okay to ask “what can I do better next time?”

    • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

       Great addition Jon.

      • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

        Thanks, Dan.  Honestly, this is something I learned from the very beginning of my career.  I tell all our new team members to learn this discipline.

        • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

           That’s a great mindset to have.

  • http://www.borntwolead.com/ TJ Trent

    Joe,

    Personally, this was an amazing article.  I have been leading for a while and needed this encouragement.  Like you said, it is a journey and you never fully arrive.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Glad it was timely for you TJ. 

  • http://www.weeklyhustle.com/ Ryan Ridgway

    Great read – I love the bullet point “Reach someone below you” as we often do most of our learning when employing what we just learned unto others. – Ryan

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Ryan, have you experienced this for yourself? It’s a very rewarding experience and probably one of the best ways to push yourself forward as well. You’ve got to be at the top of your game to teach others.

      • http://www.weeklyhustle.com/ Ryan Ridgway

        I have Joe; most specifically when I had an Amway business. Network marketing is all about momentum so I would oftentimes be implementing new expertise and success mindset as soon as I had learned it. I found it an incredible way to keep me on my toes and hold myself accountable :)

        • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

          That’s awesome Ryan. Glad you were able to quickly implement and find success. 

          Quick question, if you don’t mind. How’d you like Amway? I’m located in Amway central as Amway’s headquarters are located about an hour away.

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