While pondering Wednesday’s post about admitting “I don’t know” I thought more about taking that candid approach and when it may not be the best idea. When meeting with a team of peers, it is perfectly acceptable to admit “I don’t know” and seek insight from others, however when you are asked to lead it is not always in your best interest to take this route. A leader must instill faith and encouragement in their followers and thus confidence is often an extremely highly rated leadership trait desired by followers.
Think about a leadership team. When you are meeting behind closed doors, there may often be discourse and plenty of opportunities to say “I don’t know.” Once the team is put in front of your followers, you must demonstrate a unified front for your cause. Again, exhibiting confidence will drive your followers towards your goals. I think we can all agree that there is value in saying “I don’t know,” but that value depends on the situation. As a leader it is important to remember that people look to you as an example and a source of faith and encouragement, so you must play to these desires as well.