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7 Must-Know Tips for Young Leaders

4. Keep a resume handy and keep revising it 

You may never use a resume again in today’s work world, but the discipline of gathering your experience as you gain it forces you to think through your worth to a future employer. You’ll likely be asked to defend this someday and need to be prepared.

5. Never burn a bridge

You’ll be surprised how many times relationships come back around. Don’t be caught by surprise.

6. Be an encourager in the organization 

Encouragers win the approval of others and are rewarded because they are liked. Be a genuinely positive influence on your team.

7. Never underestimate a connection

When someone introduces you to someone, consider it a high compliment. Follow through on the opportunity to know someone new. You’ll be surprised how often these relationships will work for good.

Drop the defensivenessyoung people often get defensive when a person with more experience shares something they do not yet know. This is especially true when being corrected by a leader. Remember, you don’t know what you don’t yet know. It’s okay. Learn from your mistakes. Grow from your correction. Be patient with those who are trying to teach you. Get the chip off your shoulder and allow feedback to make you better. Over time, you’ll win over those who see you as inexperienced.

There are 7 random suggestions. Elders, what other suggestions would you advise?

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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.