Give feedback productively. Give the people who work with you specifically feedback on their job performance as quickly as you can after they’ve done something on which you’d like to comment.Talk with them about both positive and negative behaviors. Adjust the style and tone of your feedback to fit each individual to whom you’re talking.

Confront poor performers. Whenever you have concerns about someone’s poor job performance, be sure to address those concerns quickly, before the person’s behavior turns into a bad habit and negatively affects your organization’s culture. Choose your battles carefully, and tell the truth in love. After sharing your concerns, follow through with warnings, instruction, and encouragement as necessary to help him or her improve.

Act on your core values. Ask God to help you develop core values for your organization (what you all value most as a team), and then use them as a blueprint for making decisions and hiring and firing people.

Balance your work and home life. Make your relationship with God your top priority and place it at the center of your life so you can revolve everything else around it. Then God will help you every day to balance your work and home life according to what’s best.

Avoid two dangerous mistakes. Check your attitudes and behaviors daily to make sure that you’re not putting money or material things before people or having people become too dependent on you as their leader. Ask God to help you value the people you work with more than your organization’s profits, and to empower your team members so that they’re not overly dependent on you and keep growing more competent themselves as you mentor and encourage them.

Create more productive behaviors in your organization. You can improve productivity in your organization by casting a bold vision that will change the culture, by hiring new employees who will inspire others with their productive behaviors, and by firing unproductive employees.

Overcome the two biggest threats to your success. Watch out for sexual immorality and false teachers and their ungodly teachings. Ask God regularly to help you resist temptation to sin in those ways, which are the two most common ways that spiritual leaders fall away from God’s plans for them.

Seek God’s will for your decisions. The closer you are to God, the more you can discern His will for your life. So make developing a closer relationship with God your highest priority every day. Spend lots of time regularly praying, reading the Bible, and talking with other Christians about the faith. Whenever you sense God leading you to make decisions, be sure to obey His guidance, and you will fulfill His great purposes for your life, both personally and professionally.

Adapted from How to Lead by THE BOOK: Proverbs, Parables, and Principles to Tackle Your Toughest Business Challenges by Dave Anderson, copyright 2012 by Dave Anderson Corporation. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ,   

Dave Anderson is president of Dave Anderson's Learn to Lead, an international sales and leadership training and consulting company. Prior to beginning Learn to Lead, Dave enjoyed an extensive and successful career in the automotive retail industry. Dave has given more than 1,000 workshops and speeches over the past decade on sales and leadership development and has spoken in 14 countries. Dave is author of 12 books, including the TKO Business Series, Up Your Business, If You Don't Make Waves You'll Drown, and How to Run Your Business by THE BOOK. He authors a monthly leadership column for two national magazines and his interviews and articles have appeared in hundreds of publications including. Dave, along with his wife Rhonda, is the co-founder of the Matthew 25:35 Foundation, whose mission is to bring food, housing, clothing, healing, and ministry to under-resourced and imprisoned people worldwide. Visit Learn to Lead’s website at:

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Publication date: July 10, 2012