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7 Habits of Behind-the-Back Leadership

This is a random post, but I was thinking recently about the “backside” of great leadership. Great leadership involves leaders who have matured in their approach to leading people. Leading well means that sometimes what a leader does when the team’s back is turned is more important than what they do in the team’s presence. The backside of great leadership is when a leader does what is best for the team and the organization, not for his or her personal gain.

Still not sure what I mean? Here are some characteristics of the backside of great leadership…

When a team member is doing good work, a great leader:

  • Protects your back when critics rise against you or your work…
  • Won’t back you into a corner by holding you accountable for unreasonable expectations…
  • Welcomes you back to good favor after you make a mistake…
  • Backs you up when you attempt to make a thoughtful decision…
  • Gives back to the team more than he or she takes from it…
  • Never stabs you in the back with others on the team or in the organization…
  • Gets back to you when you need his or her input on a decision…

Are you following my thought process? Can you think of more characteristics of the “backside” of leadership?

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Ron Edmondson is a pastor and church leader passionate about planting churches, helping established churches thrive, and assisting pastors and those in ministry think through leadership, strategy and life. Ron has over 20 years business experience, mostly as a self-employed business owner, and he's been helping churches grow vocationally for over 10 years.