5 Tips for Leading Strong Willed People

April 6, 2010 - Mac Lake - Leadership
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a My WayToday’s guest blogger is my social media friend Ron Edmondson.  Ron and I have never meet in person but talk frequently through Twitter.  Ron who is the pastor of Grace Community Church in Nashville has a outstanding leadership mind.  For a steady flow of leadership wisdome check out www.ronedmondson.com, follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ronedmondson and Facebook at www.facebook.com/ronedmondson. Ron’s devotional site is www.mustardseedministry.com and his church is www.gcomchurch.com

 5 Tips for Leading Strong Willed People

Have you ever tried to lead someone who didn’t want to be led? The same children that were labeled “strong-willed” by their parents often grow up to be strong-willed adults. Perhaps you know one…perhaps you are one. (I know one personally…me!)

I believe leadership should be individualized for the needs of the follower. Read a similar post HERE. With that in mind, here are 5 tips for leading strong-willed people.

Give clear expectations – People respond best when they know what is expected of them, especially those with strong opinions of their own.

Be consistent – Strong willed people need boundaries. They will test them, but they want to know what the limits of their freedom.

Give freedom within the boundaries – Once the guidelines and expectations are established, allow followers to express themselves freely within them.

Pick your battles. – Don’t cross a strong-willed person for issues of little importance to the overall vision of the organization. If you back them in a corner…they may bite.

Respect their opinions and individualities – Strong-willed people ultimately want to be heard (as all people do), but they resist most when their voice is silenced. Learn what matters to them and give credence to their opinions.

What tips do you have for leading strong-willed people? Are you one? How do you like to be led?

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One response to 5 Tips for Leading Strong Willed People

  1. I think perhaps I might be a strong willed person. toally agree with the consistent thing, I do not like a lot of rules, but by golly if you have them then make sure everyone is following them.

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