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, hopes and expects leaders to be good, honest and looking out for the best interests of others. At the same time, due to poor leadership, 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 trusted…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.