Defining Leadership

Over the years Phillip taught me what it truly meant to be a leader, both by conversation and by being an example to me. Today, I want to share with you some of the most valuable lessons I have come to learn on leadership and what it truly means to me.

Here are some of the notes I gathered learning from my mentor who was an amazing leader. I felt they would be more beneficial and easier to comprehend in bulleted form rather than paragraph form:

  • What you are is God’s gift to you. What you make of yourself is your gift to God.
  • Why do people fail to realize and fulfill their full potential?
    • Some people are afraid, but some people never even get the chance. If you have the chance do not be afraid.
  • So many things crush potential. But what unlocks it?
    • Leadership unlocks potential.
  • The highest calling of leadership is to unlock other people’s potential.
  • Leadership is not management. Management is really important but it is within known constraints and conditions. A leader changes these conditions.

  • Leadership actually is about changing the order of things.
  • It does not matter if a leader has a title or not. That is insignificant. Leaders look to help and bring greatness out of other people. They are not merely concerned about their own fame.
  • Reorganizing without vision or strategy is like re arranging the chairs on the titanic. Leaders have a vision and strategy.
  • Leaders never accomplish anything on their own. If you do not have people following you then you are not a leader.
  • Jesus did not have a title. He was a nobody and he went and found nobodies and unlocked their potential.
  • When people embark on leadership know the 20/20 rules
    • 20% of people are “change warriors” who battle and get it right away.
    • 20% are the “Hell no I won’t Go” They are the source of resistance
    • The other 60% of the people are skeptics. Change never happens unless the 60% are moved. When 80% of the folks are engaged then big time forward momentum is possible.
  • Leaders are MADE not BORN
  • Leadership is easier with faith. Faith gives us the gift of humility and helps us realize that it is not about us. It is about others and God. Faith gives us the gift of optimism. It allows us to believe in others.
  • Like faith leadership is a choice.
 Anyone can lead! Leaders are needed in this world! People who embrace change and are willing to be different and stand apart and give their all in everything they do are leaders. If you missed yesterday’s post on how to set goals affectively check it out!