Encourage Excellence

How to Increase Your Influence

Increase your influence by encouraging excellence.

Whatever is true, . . . noble, . . . right, . . . pure, . . . lovely, . . . admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. (Phil. 4:8-9 NIV)

Encourage excellence by your example:

1. Acknowledge publicly the excellent work of others.

2. Be the leader you would want to follow. Others will follow the leader’s example (good or bad).

3. Praise others’ hard work to be a leader who is loved. 

What’s one excellent thing one of your leaders exemplified? (Comment each week to receive a FREE GIFT at the end of the summer!) 

Laura Savage-Rains--coach, speaker, writer--is the founder and author of WomensMinistryCoach.com who is using her 30+ years of ministry and leadership experience to teach women how to lead with passion. She is a native Texan who has also lived in foreign places such as Alabama and Romania. She makes her home in Lakeway, Texas, with her husband, Mark. She loves to write, speak, and teach the Bible. She is also a women's ministry team member, choir member, stepmom, and Grammy to 3 little girls. She loves dark chocolate with caramel, "The Sound of Music" movie, and Barbra Streisand's music.

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6 thoughts on “Encourage Excellence

  1. One of my most influential leaders was my college choir director. He showed me the role of the choir director (leader) as a “benevolent dictator”. I try to hold fast to that image of a kind, yet demanding leader; one who expects much of his choir members, but who asks for it in a kind manner.

  2. My leader makes me feel valued, as a person, as well as for my ideas and contributions. It keeps me enthused and willing to continue to do my best.

  3. Great 90-word post, Laura! In response to your final question, one quality I’ve seen in several of the younger women who are emerging in our ministry is the willingness to just JUMP in and DO something to help bring the next event to completion. Their “Sure, I can do that!” attitude was so refreshing, instead of waiting to be asked, begged, or persuaded to take on a responsibility. Their spirit of volunteerism was fabulous and they served with real joy.