Familiarity can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, the more familiar we are with the person or circumstances, the easier it is to take advantage of the situation, have an unhealthy level of contentment, or develop a lesser sense of urgency.
On the other hand, having familiarity instills confidence in the consistency of character or desired outcomes, especially when we talk about leadership.
Developing a familiarity between leaders and followers takes time and a process that involves several key factors.
A mutual respect for the life experiences of each other builds a stronger relationship of trust in the common goals and expectations of the group.
Another critical component to familiarity is to share life experiences with each other. The biblical teaching of “weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice” must be applied.
Create an open door policy that contributes to the approachability of everyone involved. Achieving this task is not easy, but the results bring lasting leadership.
More could be said, but how we address familiarity can hinder or strengthen our leadership.