Pushing all children to be the ‘rock star’, the person out front, can lead to some troubling circumstances. But, let’s face it, some people truly are leaders. As parents, how do we prepare our kiddos to be the leaders God is calling them to be?
Being a leader is a good thing, if that is where the Lord has placed you. However, with leadership comes great responsibility. There are few key things our littles need to learn if they are going to be successful in their endeavors.
Have a Heart To Serve – Being a leader isn’t about bossing people around; it’s about helping. If all you want to do is have power over others, then this isn’t your calling. Your actions should be motivated from a heart which aches to assist and encourage.
Be Diligent – Once a goal has been established, be persistent in achieving it. No matter the struggle, continue to move forward and encourage those with you to do the same.
Be Hard Working – No one wants to follow someone who sits around, expecting everyone else to do the work. Start with a great idea and put some muscle into it. When others see your dedication, they will join in and you become a team.
Be Responsible & Efficient – Don’t start something and not finish it. It would also behoove us to use our resources to the best of our ability. People want to see that we not only follow through with our great ideas, but we make the most of each and every situation.
Know What You’re Doing – Who wants to follow a leader who is filled with enthusiasm, but constantly struggles with getting a job done? Before you can expect others to follow a plan, you must know what the plan is and decide on a course of action. Make the tough choices and find a way to make it work.
Allow Others to Lead, Too – The goal of leadership isn’t to run the world, but to assist others into the same position. We are climbing a mountain with the intent of pulling others up with us. If you are the only one who has authority in your group, something is wrong. Encourage other people to take initiative and responsibility. The best leaders do such a good job, their people leave them to start their own groups, spreading encouragement to yet more people. Be willing to take suggestions and grow with your team; if you don’t bend, you’ll break.
Let Your ‘Yes’ Be ‘Yes’ – One of the biggest struggles leaders have is in knowing when to say ‘yes’ to something and when to say ‘no’. Not every good idea needs to be pursued, at least not at this time. Pray about which choice to make and then… stick with it!
Be Ready for a Fight – Being a leader sounds fun, right? It can be! It also means you are going to be hit and hit hard, from just about every angle. Be prepared for the fight; spiritual, emotional, and physical. Being a leader is no cake walk.
Being a leader is a big responsibility. Raising the next generation of leaders is just as important. How we teach them, what we teach them, and how they put those skills to work is essential.
Time to Chime In: How are you training the next generation of leaders?
“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;” – Philippians 2:3