Wednesday, August 13, 2008

One Idea

This summer, I was privileged to be a part of a group of women leaders who wanted to carve out some time to grow in their leadership and be encouraged and challenged by one another. For our last day of group, I asked everyone to come share their one compelling leadership idea. If they had 5 minutes to share a leadership idea with a group of leaders, what would it be? If they could pass only one nugget of wisdom about leadership, what would it be? It was an amazing experience.

Here is what some of these amazing women shared:

Allison: Don't forget to take care of yourself. There is a difference between being willing to do anything for anybody and actually doing everything for everybody.

Melani: Leadership is connected teamwork, which involved trust, equality, attitude, mutual respect, work ethic, originality, role and responsibility, and knowledge.

Sarah S: Keep growing. Make sure you are still learning. Know your strengths and manage around weaknesses.

Sarah E: Leadership is love. Everything we do in leadership is an expression of love. For example- delegation is an act that shows trust and combats pride. Focus on becoming a more loving person and you will become a good leader.

Angelyn: Know how to take the leadership seat. Assume the position. (HZ Note: John Maxwell has some great teaching on this topic in 360-Degree Leader)

Jana: Encourage the people you lead. And make sure encouragement is coming from you and to you.

Christina: Leadership is really about managing interpersonal relationships. You can't please 100% of the people 100% of the time. Know when you will confront and when you will compromise.

Kristen: Be cognizant of where you are looking when you are leading. If you look around, you trap yourself in the comparison game. If you look down, you trap yourself in the fear of failure. The only way to be effective is to look to God.


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