Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Beginnings of a Leader

It's been a busy week between packing up the office, school, and ministry work. I've been learning leadership. This is my first blog in a while so I'll give you guys an update. I'm back at Mission Baltimore for my second year as a student, also known as my leadership year. This year is dedicated to learning how to become a leader through knowledge and experience. We're going through the “21 Laws of Leadership” by John Maxwell right now and it's a great study. These 21 Laws are the most important things you need to know about leadership.

Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less., that's the law of influence; probably one of the most important things one needs to know about leadership. If you think that you can be a leader just because you have a title then you are sadly mistaken. The proof of your leadership is not in a title but in how many people are willing to respect you enough to follow you. In order to gain respect you have to give it...that's how you gain the loyalty of your followers.

All of that being said...a leader must have one thing for sure or their leadership will fall apart; integrity. The Law of Solid Ground says: “Trust Is the Foundation of Leadership.” Your followers have to trust you, and in order to do that one has to have integrity. The final thing I'll say for this week is that good leaders raise up and seek out other good leaders. They don't just sit on what they have, they increase their Lid or their effectiveness. The Law of the Lid says: “Leadership Determines the Level of Effectiveness.” You can only raise up those under you to a level that you've been to yourself. If your lid is never raised...your effectiveness never increases.