A good leader inspires men to have confidence in him, a great leader inspires them to have confidence in themselves. (Eleanor Roosevelt, late U.S. president’s wife)

You cannot lead far or well if your followers don’t have confidence in you. In fact, you probably won’t even have any followers. Self-confidence breeds confidence, it seems. So, as Roosevelt says, really good leaders develop confidence in their followers, most likely not only by their example, but by giving the team opportunities to develop their skills in action.

I have the highest confidence in you, and I take great pride in you. . . I am very happy now because I have complete confidence in you. (2 Corinthians 7:4, 16)

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