Are You a Leader?

Today, I got another exciting opportunity to train the new Small Groups Leaders, whom we call Life Group Leaders here at Mavuno Church. This training happens once a month and in one of the sessions dubbed ‘LeadersTALK’ this session we first looked at some common myths about leadership that hinder many of us from rising to the call to lead. Some of the more common myths are leaders are born not made, leadership is a rare skill, leadership exists only at the top of an organisation and all leaders are charismatic. We then considered what you should observe in yourself when you see a leader. We used the following acronym;

L – Leadership. We looked at the making of a leader by understanding the value of leadership, making a commitment to learn how to lead, start leading at various levels and to seek leadership that will impact others.

E –  Equipper. We looked at an equippers game plan of evaluating, qualifying and uniting others, investing time and providing resources to those you lead.

A – Attitude. We looked at what an attitude is and the attitudes that determine our capacity to lead others.

D – Dreamers. We talked about the importance of having a dream and being able to cast vision for the people you lead. We said since we can all have a vision, those who see it and pursue it and help others see it are the ones called leaders.

E – Excellence. We need to learn to go beyond the average. As servant leaders, we must  learn to move away from the current philosophy of minimum effort for maximum expectation to Rebekah’s principle of maximum effort for minimum expectation (for the fascinating details of this part of the story read Gen 24:15-20). We do it because its right!

R – Relationships. Leaders need to grow love for those they lead. ‘You cant lead ’em if you don’t love ’em’. People learn from people they like, and they follow people whom they love.

So the big question for us was, ‘When I think of my leadership, do I think of the words…Leadership, Equipper, Attitude, Dreamer, Excellence and Relationships? When people think about us, do they think of these words?

May your leadership grow in increasing measure.

Toni Mungai

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