Learning to lead when you’re not in charge is not a linear process. Your identity is always evolving. Becoming a leader doesn’t follow an undergraduate course catalogue. There is no 101, 201, or 301 course flow that takes you through developing the depth of character, confidence, and composure required for good leadership. It’s more of an ongoing process, running parallel to your professional development.
You never graduate from the responsibility of leading yourself, of course. That’s a lifelong discipline. And the good news is that you’re never too young to begin and you’re never too old to pick it back up. Just because we’re moving on to the next chapter, don’t turn the figurative page on allowing God to develop a deep-rooted sense of identity based on what he says about you.
And please do not turn the page on the challenge to lead yourself. Those two foundational pursuits provide the tracks for the locomotive of leadership.
There is no 101, 201, or 301 course flow that takes you through developing the depth of character, confidence, and composure required for good leadership. It’s more of an ongoing process, running parallel to your professional development.
When I experienced that moment of clarity in a few years ago, I resolved to become the leader I wanted to be, the leader I knew I could be, and the leader God calls me to be. To do that, there were some practical behaviors that needed my attention and intention. And help me develop into the kind of leader who can effectively lead others, even when you’re not in charge.
To do that, there were some practical behaviors that needed my attention and intention. And help me develop into the kind of leader who can effectively lead others, even when you’re not in charge.
TAKE THE HIGH ROAD AND SPEAK WELL OF OTHERS, NO MATTER WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT YOU.
“I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.
If I alone bear witness about myself, my testimony is not deemed true.
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person
“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”
“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.”
“Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him.”
Booker T. Washington
Leaders Leading Leaders
Energy in Your Attitude
I’m not sure there is anything directly under my control that can have a more powerful impact on others than the attitude I choose. The greatest benefit I bring my team is not my talents, gifts, experience, or education. It’s my energy.
Leaders who bring a trust-fueled, hope-filled, forward-thinking attitude every day can change any team dynamic. And you don’t have to be the senior pastor or a CEO. You can pack this attitude in your lunch box tomorrow, and it has the potential to change the climate of your workplace. You might be an invisible intern with no authority or a mid-level manager who feels stuck, but if you choose to bring the attitude of a 100-watt bulb, you’ll start seeing things light up. You can’t just try this once, though. And that’s where it becomes a discipline you cultivate. This needs to be the attitude you choose daily, like in F3. You have to Post rain, hail, sleet, snow, or sun, you determine that you will have an attitude of positivity, regardless of the circumstances.