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Enhancing Your Enthusiasm

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Dear LWML Leaders,

Welcome back to Tips for Leading with Confidence. We pray this leadership tip will be beneficial as you serve our Lord through the LWML. We welcome your feedback and suggestions.

Enhancing Your Enthusiasm 

Here are some tips for developing and enhancing your enthusiasm. A leader also has the ability to develop enthusiasm in other people!  

Anyone can be enthusiastic when everything is going right, but the person who can remain enthusiastic is the person who will step out ahead and get things started! Here are 13 ways to develop lasting enthusiasm:  

1. Believe in God. Want Him. Need Him. Think about Him. Talk to Him like you talk to a close friend. Listen to His Voice. This will help you be enthusiastic when everything seems wrong.

2. Make up your mind. Things happen when you’re decisive!  

3. Do not save enthusiasm for special occasions — every day is special.  

4. Keep learning — by reading, using new methods, taking courses, exploring, and experimenting. Be on the lookout for new ideas.  

5. Hear your own voice. Make your voice say that you are enthusiastic. Make your voice your ally. Become aware of its power!  

6. Associate with enthusiastic people. Make a list of them now!  

7. Add variety to your life: challenge yourself by going to new places, participating in new hobbies, and developing different ways of doing household chores. Choosing different ways to do things will keep you growing, interesting, and enthusiastic!  

8. Make definite plans. Think about your plans; write them down; carry that paper in your pocket. Do something about your plans. Talk about them to positive people for reinforcement, as well as to those who may be negative, as they might challenge your plans and give you opportunity to improve them.

9. Put a positive value on yourself. “I am just as good as the other person, but not better!”

10. Wear neat and attractive clothing that makes you feel good about yourself. You will walk better, feel better, and be more enthusiastic.  

11. Do one thing at a time. Focus your enthusiasm on one thing. You can do many things in one day, but only one thing at a time.  

12. Feel strongly about issues. Do your research so you need not always say, “I don’t know.” You can be tolerant and still have definite feelings. Show your enthusiasm!

13. Give people sincere appreciation and praise. Help them believe in you. Be conscious of people and their ideas.  

Idea taken from Motivation is Contagious, a Leadership Development resource originally published by LWML in 1993.

Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free (Ephesians 6:7–8 NIV).

God's Blessings,
Lois Teinert, Chairman
Leadership Development Committee

LWML 2019–2021 Leadership Development Committee
Marie McNary
Sherrie Smith
Lois Teinert, Chairman
Marie Chow, Vice President of Organizational Resources, Advisory


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Leaders Are Followers

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Dear LWML Leaders,

Welcome back to Tips for Leading with Confidence. We pray this leadership tip will be beneficial as you serve our Lord through the LWML. We welcome your feedback and suggestions.

Leaders Are Followers

Followers of God seek wisdom and strength as words of Scripture are read, and we meditate on their meaning. This “Tip for Leading with Confidence” comes to us from Scripture. Enjoy sitting with the prophet Isaiah, soaking up his words from God, and be a leader who follows Him!

Thus says the Lord:
"But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word" (Isaiah 66:2b).

Humility: God values men and women who have a realistic grasp on the Lord’s being: the ultra-holy, wholly Other, and the omnipotent Ancient of Days. God lifts up those who know who they are — sinners redeemed by the blood of Christ. God rejoices in men and women who realize their worth as sons and daughters of the King of grace.

Contrite in spirit: Contrite hearts are hearts softened by sorrow over sin. Contrite hearts realize the hurts their sins have caused. Contrite hearts sincerely desire to make right the wrongs and to avoid involvement with evil in the future.

Trembling at His Word: Knowing God's Word; seeking God's will. Ignoring the cost, and enduring by relying on Christ's strength. Sustained by fervent prayer. Being so committed to Jesus as Lord, the heart cannot conceive of thinking or acting in a way that is contrary to His Word.

The Lord seeks us to be His — through and through, committed completely to Him. As a leader, be humble, contrite in spirit, and tremble at His Word.  

Adapted from:
Jane Fryar, Online LHM Daily Devotion, November 8, 2019; originally taken from The Lutheran Layman February 1980 issue, “Christ’s Leaders are Followers” (St. Louis, International Lutheran Laymen’s League). Used with permission.

God's Blessings,
Lois Teinert, Chairman
Leadership Development Committee

LWML 2019–2021 Leadership Development Committee
Marie McNary
Sherrie Smith
Lois Teinert, Chairman
Marie Chow, Vice President of Organizational Resources, Advisory


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Recognizing Leaders

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Dear LWML Leaders,

Welcome back to Tips for Leading with Confidence. We pray this leadership tip will be beneficial as you serve our Lord through the LWML. We welcome your feedback and suggestions.

Recognizing Leaders

Try this activity to enable your group to see leaders in their midst.  

At an upcoming LWML event, take digital photos of all participants as they arrive, and print them.

Give each participant a frame that has been prepared beforehand. Pre-cut photo mats are relatively inexpensive when bought in quantity and can be used as frames for this purpose.

As you begin, ask each participant to write her very best leader quality on the top section of her frame. Examples can be provided if participants seem hesitant to see their qualities as "leader" material (e.g., honesty, decisiveness, ability to delegate, good communication, confidence, commitment, positive attitude, creative, ability to inspire, empathy, accountability, enthusiastic, focus, drive, responsible, vision, passion, integrity, humility, good spiritual life, courageous, etc.).  

Then ask the participants to move around the room and ask others to list qualities each of them sees in the individual. These qualities may be written on each of the other three sides of the frame.

After the participants return to their places, give them their photos and tell them they now have a true picture of themselves as leaders, as shown on their frames. Encourage them to cultivate these qualities in service to our Lord.

Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10 NKJV).

(Idea from Look of a Leader Leadership Development resource)

God's Blessings,
Lois Teinert, Chairman
Leadership Development Committee

LWML 2019–2021 Leadership Development Committee
Marie McNary
Sherrie Smith
Lois Teinert, Chairman
Marie Chow, Vice President of Organizational Resources, Advisory


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Leadership Transition — Part II

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Dear LWML Leaders,

Welcome back to Tips for Leading with Confidence. We pray this leadership tip will be beneficial as you serve our Lord through the LWML. We welcome your feedback and suggestions.

Leadership Transition — Part II

As mentioned in the previous recent “Tips for Leading with Confidence,” the transition of responsibilities from outgoing officers to incoming officers happens after an election, but it actually begins before the commitment is made to run for an office.

Here are some points for the incoming officer:

  • Know that you have been chosen by God to fulfill the duties of this office.
  • Read the Scriptures, pray, and thank God for the opportunity to serve Him in this way.
  • Obtain leadership information from the LWML website (www.lwml.org). Click the “Service” tab, and then “Leadership Development.”
  • Sign up to receive “Tips for Leading with Confidence” on the LWML website. If you don't already receive these in your email inbox, now is a good time to subscribe!
  • Stay in touch with the outgoing officer and use her as a resource.
  • Do not be afraid to ask questions!

As you come to him, … in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:4–5).

(Ideas taken from Stay Calm and Transition On, a Leadership Development resource.)

God's Blessings,
Lois Teinert, Chairman
Leadership Development Committee

LWML 2019–2021 Leadership Development Committee
Marie McNary
Sherrie Smith
Lois Teinert, Chairman
Marie Chow, Vice President of Organizational Resources, Advisory


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Leadership Transition — Part I

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Dear LWML Leaders,

Welcome back to Tips for Leading with Confidence. We pray this leadership tip will be beneficial as you serve our Lord through the LWML. We welcome your feedback and suggestions.

Leadership Transition — Part I

The transition of responsibilities from outgoing officers to incoming officers happens after an election, but it actually begins before the commitment is made to run for an office.

Responsibilities of the nominating committee include providing the following to the prospective officers:

  • Updated descriptions of the positions;
  • Schedule of responsibilities for the term of office (calendar of events); and
  • Copy of the section of the bylaws that pertains to the office.

Too often we go into a position not knowing the full scope of duties to be performed. Waiting until after the election can cause frustration and wasted time searching, researching, recreating, etc.

Here are some points for the outgoing officer to consider:

  • Update records, files, forms, guidelines, calendar of events, and directories that belong to the office. These should be in order.
  • Remove unimportant or personal correspondence from files. When in doubt, do NOT throw it out.
  • Upload pertinent information on a flash drive so it can be used for updating documents. Save it in Plain Text (*.txt) format so it can be shared among software programs.
  • Items of historical significance should be sent to the archivist-historian, if you have one.
  • Review together, with the new officer, all files and materials on paper or on flash drives.
  • Highlight items of extreme importance.
  • Remember that you are there as a servant, resource, and mentor; make yourself available.
  • Make certain there is an understanding of what and when things need to be done.
  • Thank God for the opportunity that you had to serve Him. Pray with and for the new officer, asking for the Lord's continuing guidance for her.

Part II will have points for the incoming officer to consider.

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace (1 Peter 4:10).

(Ideas taken from Stay Calm and Transition On, a Leadership Development resource)

God's Blessings,
Lois Teinert, Chairman
Leadership Development Committee

LWML 2019–2021 Leadership Development Committee
Marie McNary
Sherrie Smith
Lois Teinert, Chairman
Marie Chow, Vice President of Organizational Resources, Advisory


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Roots and Wings

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Dear LWML Leaders,

Welcome back to Tips for Leading with Confidence. We pray this leadership tip will be beneficial as you serve our Lord through the LWML. We welcome your feedback and suggestions.

Roots and Wings

Journalist William Hodding Carter wrote, “There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One is roots; the other is wings.” 

In a sense, adults being trained in leadership are the same. We must demonstrate faith in those we lead so that they learn to have faith in themselves. When new leaders know you believe in them and you provide encouragement and support, they have a chance to grow in their roles. When you let them know you believe in them, you're watering that seed, encouraging root growth, and essentially giving it a chance to grow.

Have you noticed how people generally rise or fall in accordance with your level of expectation? When you overly criticize others, they tend to become negative, self-doubting, and fearful. But when you believe in them and assume they will do well, they’ll go the extra mile by trying to live up to your expectations. It’s your faith in them that creates the environment in which they learn to fly! 

Encourage their faith in God and in themselves, and chances are they’ll excel at whatever task they are given.

May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus (Romans 15:5).

Adapted from Daily Devotions, Lutheran Church Charities, Tim Hetzner, President/CEO and author, used by permission; giving glory to God!

God's Blessings,
Lois Teinert, Chairman
Leadership Development Committee

LWML 2019–2021 Leadership Development Committee
Marie McNary
Sherrie Smith
Lois Teinert, Chairman
Marie Chow, Vice President of Organizational Resources, Advisory


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The Influence of a Leader

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Dear LWML Leaders,

Welcome back to Tips for Leading with Confidence.

The Influence of a Leader

Leaders are people that others depend on to get things done.  As a leader, we influence those around us by how we handle ourselves for the purpose of building meaningful and positive relationships. Leaders:

  • Purposefully seek out someone and acknowledge their accomplishment.
  • Take responsibility, seeing that the task at hand is completed.
  • Acknowledge when a mistake is made and do their best to correct it.
  • Are receptive to learning from those they lead.
  • Remain steadfast in the midst of unpredictable circumstances.
  • Consider the unique talents in the people around them and how they can best be utilized.
  • Are resilient and continue to move forward as a righteous leader.

For the righteous fails seven times and rises again (Proverbs 24:16a).

God's Blessings,
Leadership Development Committee


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