The Best Advice For Young, Emerging Leaders

Young leaders are always looking to make a difference, to make a mark in the world.  They want to be respected and heard by their peers and the previous generation.  So what is the best way for young leaders to gain influence with older people – Do Your Job!

Derrick Rose, point guard for the Chicago Bulls, is the odds-on favorite to win the NBA MVP this year.  In addition to being a great player, the 22-year-old has become the undisputed leader of the team.

The naturally unassuming, shy Rose recieved some great advice this past summer from Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard on what is needed to become a leader on a team filled with veterans.

Howard says, “The best way to be a leader for your team as a young player is by example…Once you show them you can lead by example, then you can start to be more vocal.  But you have to earn that right, that respect.”  

Young leaders, you probably have more energy and passion than the older members of your team.  You probably talk a great game, but do you produce?  That is what gets respect from veterans.

Do a great job.  Produce.  Earn the right to be heard.  And remember, influence will then flow out of your production.

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About Brian Dodd on Leadership

I am a church stewardship and leadership consultant for INJOY Stewardship Solutions. This blog combines my personal passions of church, sports, pop culture and family into a single leadership resource. I trust your time on this site will create conversations and add value to your life.

3 Responses to “The Best Advice For Young, Emerging Leaders”

  1. Brian,

    Gotta be one of the first rules for leadership, no matter what your age, doesn’t it? Unless you’re hired as the new “Axe man” in a company, leading by example is essential to establishing credibility with any team. If you can’t walk the walk…

    You have nothing with out the faith and trust of your team. Age aside, show me a leader that doesn’t have that, and I’ll show you just another “boss”.


  2. Great points, and very true! How many times do the next generation try to step in a little bit too early? A little more often than they should! Thanks for the thoughts!


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