Waking The Leader Within

Leadership DevelopmentIn my younger years, I was attracted to positions of leadership. I was usually the captain in sports or the president of some after-school club. This carried on to my military years, as I would usually find myself in positions of leadership amongst my peers.

When I got into music, however, I turned inward and spent most of my time in isolation. For 5 years, I didn’t spend too much time with groups of people. My leadership skills went into atrophy. I had been neglecting a large segment of my skill-set. It took a pastor to remind me who I was.

All he said was, “I see a lot of leadership potential in you.” That’s when I realized that I had completely forgotten who I was and what I was gifted to do. It was a wake-up call.

Wake Up

You have great leadership potential in you, too. The problem is, somewhere along the line, you convinced yourself that you didn’t. Or, someone told you that you weren’t cut out to be more than simply a ‘follower.’ Either way, you gave up and fell in line.

Each and every one of us is a leader in one capacity or another. To deny your calling to lead others is to deny that fundamental truth. It’s easy to look at someone who holds a managerial position and say that they’re a leader. But, what about everyone else?

  • Is the father who raises his family not a leader?
  • Is the teacher who educates her classroom not a leader?
  • Is the friend you always run to for advice not a leader?

If you’re in a position to influence anyone, then you’re a leader.

What If I Don’t Know How to Lead?

This whole month on my blog is going to be about helping you grow to be a better leader. Wether you’re an individual who wants to have more of an impact in your friends and family’s lives, or you’re a business person with hundreds of people under your charge, you will find a lot of value here.

The first week will look at the different knowledge aspects of leadership. The second will focus on the heart of a great leader. The third will deal with the hard skills that a leader must master. Finally, the fourth will focus on the voice of a leader and effective communication.

I hope you’ll stick around for the month. Feel free to subscribe to my RSS feed so that you don’t miss anything. Also, if you’d like some additional information on leadership, check out my free eBook, 7 Traits of a Great Leader.

  1. Think about the people around you. Who in your life is influenced by you?
  2. Is it important to you that you serve as a positive and uplifting person in their lives?
  3. If 15 minutes a day of intentional development were enough to help you become that positive influence, would you spend that time?

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  • http://twitter.com/anidolheart Grant Jenkins

    Love this. I’m excited to head what you have to say and to see it spill over into people’s lives who are reluctant to see themselves as leaders.

  • Midge Edmond

    Gonna keep reading as I am terribly dry and thirsty! Thanks for the great encouragement!

  • http://www.thesaleslion.com/ Marcus Sheridan,The Sales Lion

    Kenny, howdy, first time here today I was recommended by Joey Strawn and Elena Patrice. Loved your words on leadership here, and what appears to be the mission of your blog. Very powerful stuff.

    I’m sure I’ll be stopping by again in the future.

    Best,

    Marcus

  • http://ichrch.com iCHRCH (Rich Langton)

    Looking forward to the months leadership posts!!

    It seems to me that whenever we’re in the company of other people, we are either following or leading. It’s inherent in our interpersonal relationships. The thing is, as Christians we’re called to make disciples and this somewhat means that each of us has to lead in some capacity or another. When we’re in the company of others and we realise we have the choice to follow or to lead, our calling urges us to take the lead. It’s not always easy, but it’s what we have to do!