“Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.”
― John C. Maxwell
All of us do different things in life, but we are all called to lead in whatever we do. There are many great books, blogs, etc on leadership skills, but in the end what makes you a good leader is the influence you have on somebody else’s life. Being a leader is connected to your identity. Leadership is not something you step into when you need and step out when you dont. It is a lifestyle that involves changing your life as a leader just as much as they involve changing the people you want to reach.
Here are some basics to see Leadership as your identity :
- Leaders in the Bible do not share common credentials…There is no particular personality type that God singles out for leadership. – (Leadership as an Identity – Crawford Loritts)
- Leaders should not be obsessed with or defined by the position they occupy but by the assignment they have been given and the contribution they are making.
- Your accomplishments are not a statement of your glory but of the grace, power, and glory of God.
- The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. – Ralph Nadar
- Leadership is not about highlighting your authority, it is serving others to bring out the best in them.
- “You can teach what you know, but you will reproduce who you are.” – Kris Vallotton
- Leadership skills are bound to fail if you don’t know to build relationships. Create an environment where people are comfortable approaching you to offer ideas and suggestions.
- Leadership is not about having control over everything. It is the ability to delegate work and share responsibility.
- A good leader recognises and values the importance of his/her role in the lives of those they lead.
Character has a direct impact on how we lead. I hope the above few points help you prepare yourself to be a better leader.