Leadership at All Levels – “Leading Your Peers”

This week in our Leadership at All Levels discussion we’ll discuss leading our peers.

Peer to peer leadership is where you work out your leadership influence.  We all start here and if we don’t learn in this environment, we’ll rarely be given opportunities to lead in other ways.

This is especially critical for multi-site environments where you have peers across multiple campuses.  You can’t rely on positional authority to work together, you have to develop relational authority.

Here are some ways that I believe you best earn relational authority:

1. Give and earn respect

Respect – to hold in esteem or honor.

Respect is earned by:

  • Being consistent
  • Being dependable
  • Being accountable

Do what you say you’re going to do when you say you’re going to do it.

When you do things, do not let selfishness or pride be your guide. Instead, be humble and give more honor to others than to yourselves.  Philippians 2:3

2. Combat silos, don’t create them.

  • We’re on the same team.  Don’t be territorial.  None of it is ours anyway.
  • What are the qualities of a good teammate?  Be that for your team.

3. Communicate Clearly

  • Share information.  People are down on what they are not up on.
  • Have the difficult conversations.
  • Be intentional.  Always ask: who needs to know this?  It is selfish to not think through who needs to know the information you have.

How are you developing relational influence with your peers?

Other posts in this series:

Leadership at All Levels (overview)

Leading Self