One of the greatest gifts you can give to a young leader is your belief in them. I’m convinced that was a large factor in Timothy’s leadership development. Paul not only believed in him but he spoke publicly of his confidence in him. In Philippians 2 Paul wrote, “I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you. 20 I have no one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your welfare. 21 For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. 22 But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel.”
Let me give you an equation that I’ve watched work over and over again: The greater the confidence you have in a potential leader the greater the confidence they will have in themselves. As I demonstrate confidence in a young leader it solidifies the confidence he needs to risk, innovate or embrace a higher level of leadership.
You want to pour some miracle grow on someone? Let them know you believe in them.