We have all encountered situations when leadership actions put “wet blankets” on situations, reducing the overall cultural morale of environments. These environments may be home, work, school, government, or any organization. The faith of “wet blanket” recipients incrementally decreases with negative leadership actions. Leadership training begins early within individual, family units. Every person acquires their foundational morals and values during this time, which are the building blocks for all future decisions made.
“Faith does not need to push the river because faith is able to trust there is a river. The river is flowing. We are in it.”
Negative, autocratic parents raised some of us. Others had or have bosses and managers like this. We have political leaders and politicians not exhibiting faith in the processes of democracy. Leaders strengthen and gain the faith of their followers when they implement positive solutions. The government shutdown in October 2013 was a “wet blanket” for several million Americans and did not produce positive outcomes. If you are a politician or an autocratic leader, the following quote is not a “wet blanket” coverage loophole.
“Faith is about what you do. It’s about aspiring to be better and nobler and kinder than you are. It’s about making sacrifices for the good of others- even when there’s not going to be anyone telling you what a hero you are.”
Jim Butcher, Changes
Effective leaders demonstrate faith in the values and ethics, which uphold their personal and professional conduct exhibited through their speech and actions. Inspiring each follower’s participation and creativity operationalizes the identified goals and visions of leaders, realized through the individual and collective actions of their followers. It requires the faith of followers in the vision, mission, other followers, and their leader’s skills.
“Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.”
Followers want leaders to display supportive behaviors through empathy, caring, communication, and open accessibility. They want leaders to respect them and for leaders to be consistently trustworthy. Good leaders are always committed to personal and professional excellence, they develop their followers’ potential, are passionate about what they do, use positive action with focus to achieve attainable goals, and have clear articulate visions. Looking at the various relationships between parents/children, politicians/constituents, teachers/students, and healthcare professionals/patients to name a few, it begs an answer to this question: Can they effectively lead if they have lost the faith of their followers?
“Faith is about doing. You are how you act, not just how you believe.”
Mitch Albom, Have a Little Faith: a True Story
Quotes obtained from Good Reads website: http://www.goodreads.com