We are all called to be leaders in some way…of our family, group, team, organization. It does not require a title, level or status to be a leader. In fact some of the best leaders out there started just by helping other people. In that essence we are all called to be leaders and God has called us all to “go first” in some area of our life.
Now that we have established that we are all leaders, how are we doing at it? How can we get better? There are hundreds of books written about it, but I love how Jenni Catron breaks down leadership into the fundamental ways God has asked us to love Him…with our heart, soul, mind and strength!
I recently had the chance to hear her talk about about her path to becoming a leader. In her first management role she became frustrated that the person working for her was just not doing what she wanted. Her boss told her, “If you want to work with widgets, go work in a factory…if you want to be a leader, you need to love and serve people.”
Jenni encouraged us to reflect on each area of our leadership and determine where we could get better. I highly encourage you to get the book, The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership and take the self assessment to see where you can get better. I believe becoming complete in our leadership capacity is a life long journey that we must continue to assess along the way, but we can all do something today just by helping a stranger, neighbor, friend or family member in need.