The word lead can mean many things to many people. It can mean heading up a group of people or organization. It can mean being innovative. Depending on your circumstances it can mean many things to you. One of the most important parts of leading, especially for someone like us who work in the nonprofit realm, is trust.
LEADING IN THE FIELD
I have served a variety of leadership roles. One of the most challenging has been being a softball coach for 8 and under and 10 and under girls for the past several years. This has meant making decisions for the kids on where to stand in the field and how to hit, helping them see how they are an important part of the team, and comforting them when they get hit by the ball (and whoever named a softball a softball didn’t know what they were talking about because there’s nothing soft about it). It has meant not yelling at umpires when they make a mistake or arguing loudly because I am modeling good behavior for the girls. The girls trust me to make the correct decisions that will allow us to win. The parents trust me that I will teach their children the game, how to be a good teammate, how to win without being boastful, and how to lose without being a sore loser. The community softball organization trusts that I will represent our organization in a positive manner. That’s a lot to put on a volunteer leader’s plate. But to be a successful coach, trust is woven throughout it.
TRUST IN YOUR FIELD
As a leader, people trust in your decisions. People trust that you will be ethical. A key component to working in a high performing team is that people trust that you are doing their work to the best of their ability. They trust you have their best interests and the interests of your organization in mind.
As people who work in fundraising, you will never be successful raising money without having trust. Donors trust that you will be using their gifts as promised. Donors trust that you are putting their funds to use the best way possible. It is when you break trust that people will stop donating their time and money.
Simply put to be a successful leader you need to exhibit trust.
What does lead mean to you? How have you demonstrated trust in others? How do you get people to trust you? Tell us in the comments below.
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