Being a leader in a public arena, I have to be a leader for a lot of people. I’m a leader to the citizens and businesses, a leader to my peers, and a leader for the group that I’m responsible for.
Believe in People
The people I lead with are good people. But I’ve learned through personal experience and through observing others that leadership is more than just checking a box to say, “I’ve done my duty.” It’s way more personal and way more important than that. It’s about believing in people. It’s about being a source of encouragement for them to do what is necessary for personal growth and success.
Leadership becomes even more important when you don’t get your way. This is because the people you lead see your attitude, your actions, and most importantly, how you’re treating others.
One night, the city council board was divided in voting to give a position to a great person who did not particularly have the gift of leadership. People began crossing their arms – another way of saying “we don’t care anymore” – and gave up on their ability to lead this person. They wanted to just get their “duty” over with.
Leadership isn’t always about doing things right – it’s about doing the right thing. Connecting with people – pointing out their strengths and building on them – is far more important than being “right”.
Be In The Game
My youngest son was the captain of the football team his senior year when they had an opportunity to make the playoffs. There was one particular boy on the team that I remember, and not because I notice that he was a good player. This kid was on the sidelines the entire time. But he was IN the GAME. He spent his time on the sidelines running up and down the field, paying close attention to what was happening, and cheering his team on. Other boys on the sidelines were crossing their arms, uninterested in what was going on because they were too frustrated that they weren’t able to play.
We have to be in the game at all times. Leaders can’t be in the game halfway – they’re either in or out. Making an appearance isn’t enough. Too much is at stake.
Being a leader to others can be exhausting because of this. I find myself constantly asking for God’s perspective in leadership situations I find myself in – mainly because I’m human and I can get caught up in worrying about the wrong things. Particularly about things being done perfectly in order to get the perfect outcome. We can get obsessed about our performance and about checking off that box. What I should really be worrying about the person – the personal growth and improvement of the person – I’ve been given the privilege to lead.
You have the ability to lead the people around you – even if you’re not in charge. If you want to be a leader, consider encouraging others in their strengths your responsibility. Helping others “find their awesomeness” will never hinder you from finding yours.
For more inspiration on being a leader check out my other posts on leadership.
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