A Leader Guides And Influences People To Become The BEST They Can Be
We can learn a lot about being a leader from watching children. My Children are 22, 16 and 14. When my oldest was born I was so worried about shaping him into who I thought he should be that I failed to realize God already had a plan for WHO he was called to be. I wish I could say that I realized early on that I was a bit off in my thinking but the truth is that it only got worse.
I hope not to offend anyone when I share this next part of my story, that’s not my intention, but I do have to be honest here.
When my son was eight years old I started going to a local church and received Jesus as my savior. I was taught to start looking at all these outward behaviors and lead people by focusing on changing that behavior. This is NOT being like Jesus and it’s not being a good leader. The problem is if we only focus on behavior and habits and never speak the heart of the person we have missed the point. Change comes from the inside as our minds and hearts change and then produces fruit on the outside.
Eventually,God started teaching me about Grace and how his love is what changes people, brings about repentance (changing of the mind) and leads to different outward behavior that reflects who God created the person to be. This is also what a good leader does.
A good leader is a guide. A good leader sees the qualities a person posses and speaks to those qualities calling them out and encouraging them to stand in their own strengths and gifts. A good leader instills the benefits of better habits and show the person how these are a blessing to them.
I now have two grandson that are almost two years old and I have a smile in my heart every time I see them. They are both so different and uniquely made. Sure, they need structure, boundaries and discipline but WHO God created them to be is already woven into their DNA you can see it in their different bents of personality. A good leader (their parents) see’s that and guides them in the direction of who they are called to be individually. I love the fact that even though I may not have gotten it right early on with my son, he gets it and is able to be a good leader to his children.
It doesn’t matter who you’re leading or how old they are. God created them to be unique. As a leader your job is to INFLUENCE them and lead by example. Teach them the structures of what you need to teach them, but call out their own individual strength’s, gifts and abilities. This is true in leading children or adults. I lead people in my business and in my home everyday and this principle works!
If you learn to lead like this you’ll find that people actually WANT to follow you!
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BIO: Daveda Schmidlin is a former pastor, teacher and speaker turned Stay at Home, Networking Marketing, Homeschooling Mama with a passion for overall health and wellness. Daveda has build a successful, home based business with It Works! Global and her desire is to inspire others to live healthy spiritually, mentally, financially and physically.