I think it was John Maxwell who first defined a leader as a person who influences others. I have had the opportunity to be a leader in the local church and community for the last 25 years. It is a challenging role. Our culture has a unique relationship with leaders. It desires and hopes good leadership will come from those who take on leadership roles. At the same time, it distrusts anyone who becomes a leader. This bi-polar relationship places the leader in the proverbial position of “being between a rock and a hard place.” As a result, leaders have to earn the right to be followed…and that takes time. And with some people, it takes a long time. Holding a position, having a title, earning a degree, experiencing success or being wealthy does not make any person a good leader. Leadership begins with integrity.
The blogs I have written on the topic of being a leader come from my successes and my failures. Because I’m still a leader, I am still learning how to lead. Therefore, some of the experiences I share in my stories are almost real time. I hope the things I’ve learned (and still learning) will encourage you.