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Anybody can be a leader (Leadership lessons from a reluctant leader)

06 Jul

Leadership. A lot of people say that this one word is the difference maker. Whether you are running an organization, a project, an event, the military or a whole country this is THE ONE intangible element that will effect positive change.

Leadership

This blog recounts my personal journey: a person who’s a natural born introvert transformed to a student of leadership. Now I know for sure that I am not the best leader out there but ever since God placed a call in my life to preach the gospel and make disciples I’ve intentionally tried to learn and get better with this area called leadership. I was not a natural “born” leader. I was more inclined to be a follower for the first 20+ years of my life.

The fact of the matter is I didn’t want to be a leader. I knew I wasn’t good at it. However there came a time where I just knew in my heart that God had called me into this realm. To give you a picture of who I was before I became a leader, here are some facts about my life when I was younger:

1) My main areas of interests are Mathematics, Music, and Finances. I’d consider these fields as areas where leadership isn’t that important.

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2) I’m a person who can stay at home for days all by myself without interacting w/ people. I can sleep, eat and surf the internet without feeling the need to go talk with people. Sleep Me
Because of my background, interests and wiring I continually find myself trying to unlearn things and habits which I have so gotten used to. I just know for a fact that some of these mindsets of mine had to be renewed if I wanted to continue on growing in my leadership skills. Nevertheless, I am thankful to God and his grace because I have seen a significant improvement in my leadership skills ever since then. The reason I’m writing this blog is because I want to inspire three specific groups of people:

  • The first group are those people who’ve just recently developed an interest in this area called LEADERSHIP and don’t know have any idea where to start.

Where to Start

  • The second group of people are those who think that they don’t have what it takes to be a leader. Let me tell you that I was in that position before. Anyone can be a leader, this is what I believe in. If I became a leader, I’m sure that you can be a leader as well. Even better! 🙂

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  • The last group of people I want to talk to are those whom I know God’s calling to be a leader, step up and initiate change. Don’t back out of the challenge even though you know that it’s going to have a lot of difficulties. We need more leaders in this world to effect positive change. I encourage you to step up and rise to the call of God’s leadership in your life.

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If you identify with any of the three people groups I mentioned above then I believe that it’s not an accident that you’re reading this blog. If somehow, after reading the things I wrote above and it resonates with you quite well. I can relate with you perfectly. If you feel something rising up in your spirit or a chill in your spine as you read about this topic. I believe that God has called you for such a time like this. I pray that you’d accept this mission and role that God has sovereignly placed in your life because of this: The world needs more leaders. Leaders who are servants, selfless and agents of positive change.

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I believe that we are at a critical point in time where the need for leaders is at an all time high. Time is of the essence and the number of leaders responding to this call will have a profound impact on the change we’ll see happening in our nation and the world. So if that’s you. You identify with any of the three groups I mentioned above. Pray to God about it. Ask him specifically to give you courage to take on this challenge that will change your life forever. If you have fears know that some of the greatest leaders in history were also afraid at one point in their lives. However, they did not let their fears dictate the outcome of their decisions. They stuck to doing what is right in the eyes of God. You’re in good company:

Moses was insecure and unsure of himself:

Exodus 3:11
But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

Jeremiah thought that he was too young and had communication problems:

Jeremiah 1:6
“Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”

David’s Father did not believe in him and his skills:

1 Samuel 16:10-11
Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The Lord has not chosen these.” 11 So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?” “There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.”…

We’re in good company. You see, because it will not be about our own strength or ability. If that’s the standard then I would have quit on this leadership journey years ago. But No. It’s all about God’s character and his strength. The reasons we’re being called is so that he can display his power in our lives and through us.

1 Corinthians 1:27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;

If God’s calling you to lead I hope that you’d accept his call in your life willingly out of obedience to him. Here’s a secret I want you to know. In the end we’re already successful if we’d obey him every step of the way because the victory is already won at the cross 2,000 years ago. It’s not going to be by our own efforts but ultimately by his finished work. The question is will we say yes to his invitation and privilege of leading others for positive change? I hope so. Remember the victory is already won. We just have to trust in him that through our own set of weaknesses, God will display his power and strength in every and any leadership challenge that we face in the future.

God bless you leader and world changer. 🙂

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