In my time at Pear, I’ve had a few people reach out and ask how they can become better group leaders to ensure successful fundraising through their sponsorship. To be honest, I do not have a short answer that will create a great leader, but I do read a few leadership books. So I want to share 6 of my favorite takeaways from a book I’ve recently read (“The 21 Irrefutable laws of Leadership” by John C. Maxwell) and how they not only connect to being a group leader through Pear, but being a leader in your everyday life.
1. The Law of Influence
Keep in mind that being a leader isn’t about being in manager, an entrepreneur, a trendsetter, or having a high IQ. Leadership is all about influencing others and creating positive change in your team, group, or organization. Think about the change you’d like to create and whether you’re the person with the power to influence others into participating in making these changes. If you can create change, you can lead. If you can influence your supporters to help you raise funds for a great cause, you can lead!
2. The Law of Respect
“People Naturally Follow Leaders Stronger Than Themselves.” It’s not hard to recognize a leader in your group, people will naturally gravitate toward them because they want to hear or learn more of what this person has to offer. To gain respect from your followers or group members you must:
- Have a natural leadership ability
- Have respect for others
- Have courage to take risks even if you fail
- Have previous success in leading teams to victory
- Have loyalty to your team until the job is done
- Have value that you can add to others
3. The Law of Empowerment
When you’re trying to reach a goal as a group or organization, focus on succeeding collectively rather than receiving all the credit yourself. As a leader you will be able to pick the right people or audience to follow you in your mission, and you should be able to empower them to make decisions that will create growth.
“Great things can happen when you don’t care who gets the credit.” – Mark Twain
4. The Law of Momentum
You’re passionate about helping your group raise funds, you’ve created a group profile on Pear, and you’re excited about how easy it is to raise funds on our platform. As a leader, take that and create a momentum among your group to reach your goal! When your momentum is strong, your supporters will be a lot more excited and motivated to succeed. It can take some work to gain momentum, but once you’ve got it, it’ll be easier to move forward and steer your group into victory!
5. The Law of Connection
“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” As a leader it’s important to connect with your group emotionally before asking them to follow you. If you’re able to develop a connection with your supporters and show them that you genuinely care about the cause you’re raising funds for, they’ll be willing to participate and help you reach your goal.
6. The Law of Explosive Growth
“To Add Growth, Lead Followers. To Multiply Growth, Lead Leaders.” Whether you’re trying to raise funds for your group or organization, or help it grow into something greater through other means, you need to develop leaders. Once you’ve developed followers within your immediate reach into leaders, they’ll be able to develop those outside of your reach into leaders, and this will help your organization reach a greater potential.
It was hard to limit myself to these 6 Laws, as this book has so many great insights. I definitely recommend giving it a read if you’re interested in becoming a strong leader in anything you do. You can also reach out to me personally (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions about becoming a group leader through Pear.