Exerting Your Influence as a Leader

Episode #024 Host: Tammy J. Bond Guest: Larry Brey

No matter what kind of organization you lead, the way you support others and support yourself determines your team’s strength and success. In this episode of Playing in the Sandbox, I interview Larry Brey (“LB”), the Associate Pastor at Elevation Church. We discuss how LB builds leaders and helps them understand a vision greater than themselves.

  1. What makes you unique is what makes you powerful. Embrace “the DNA” of who you are and build that up in yourself rather than trying to become the person you think people want you to be.
  2. As a leader, your vision can either become polluted or diluted. It can be polluted by others injecting their vision into yours, or diluted when you become too apprehensive to have big, tough conversations.
  3. There will be moments when you don’t think you’re strong enough to keep going. Know how you’re going to handle that moment in advance because if you wait until that moment to figure it out, you’ll probably get it wrong.
  4. As a leader, your silence can be louder than your words. When people don’t know how you feel, they’ll fill in the blanks with their own insecurities. Let your team know how you feel about them (not just their performance).
  5. When leading others, encourage them to talk about what works and what doesn’t. Agree upon safe language so that no one feels like they’re under attack.
  6. New employees need four relationships in an organization - a supervisor (who helps them understand their job expectations), a friend (who laughs with them as a peer), a mentor (someone who helps them improve themselves), and a pastor (someone who will carry the burden of life with them). 

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