Friday, October 17, 2008

lead strong

Being a woman in leadership is a constant balancing act. I hate the stereotype that is sometimes attached to a woman who is a leader. Bossy, loud, angry or worse- indecisive, whiny or unqualified.

Mark 7:24-30 talks about the woman who asked Jesus to heal her daughter. I want to be like this woman. She understood how to influence without being either aggressive or silent. Sue Edwards says, Men respect women who believe in their cause and are willing to make a cogent case, as long as they do so with grace and humility. Grace and humility, not the words that come to mind when we talk about strong leadership. Definitely something to strive for!

But, what if it can be both, what if true leadership is the polar opposite of the stereotype CEO? To be a leader means that for a group, you lead the way, you spread ideas, and make changes when needed. If we as leaders demonstrated true humility and complete authenticity, I suspect people would rush to follow. No larger opportunity exists in our Christian walk, then to lead as Christ lead. If we have been created to lead it is something we can't resist.

My greatest leadership challenge is self leadership- I can't follow myself! I have so many dreams, so many new things I would like to begin, so many things I would like to write about that I sometimes become paralyzed! My mind is full and my ambition high, but I sit, stuck. I know what to do, but the task is daunting until I begin. I need you all to hold me accountable to begin and to finish. I so want to lead by example - so with God's help I'll continue to move, and only with His help will I lead strong.

What keeps you from moving forward? What do you know you are capable of doing, but just can't begin? I would love to here from you - please leave a comment!

1 comment:

Carol Bowie said...

I have a passion to listen and help people, but feel I don't want to be too pushy and forward in my actions. My backwardness is a hindarance due to being an only child. I always have to push myself to be a little more forward with people. Carol Bowie