Archive for May, 2011

Leadership is for Everyone

Leadership is influence. This is what J. Oswald Sanders wrote in his book Spiritual Leadership many years ago. And this is what has become my guiding light  over the last 15 months as I have taken a  personal journey reflecting on the theme of my own leadership ie if I am a leader, what kind of a leader I am and how I am influencing those around me.

Last May, a group of us did a leadership class at Mavuno Church (where I work) with Pst Muriithi and when he asked us to write a short biography on our own leadership, I did not think much would go on my paper. ‘Courageous in the face of battle’, ‘Unflinching even when the heat and pain increase’ would not be the descriptions others would give of me. Clearly I could never rank myself with the likes of Martin Luther, Nelson Mandela, Yoweri Musevei, William Wilberforce, Tom Mboya, JM Kariuki or others of such calibre . I had never seen myself as  gifted enough with the ‘high calling of leadership’. However, as I have reflected on the whole issue of leadership, reading many articles and books and authors, I must admit that my perception has slowly but surely changed  how I look at leadership and more specifically  how I exert influence in the many areas of my life.

Sociologists say that even introverted people will influence an average of 10,000 people in their lifetime. Wow! This could be someone who is NOT even trying to lead others and yet they have that kind of impact. Its my desire that as I continue to write on this aspect of life, many who visit this blog would read and be encouraged to look at their lives and see that they too can influence others for the better. Read and spread the word to those around you who may need a nudge to step out in faith and grow their own leadership. Its my desire to see many reach their leadership potential, to think and act more like the leaders they were created to be and become persons of influence.

To sign off, as John Maxwell says, now more that ever I believe that everything rises and falls on leadership.

Toni Mungai