One thing I know is leadership doesn’t care how old you are. Leaders come in all shapes, sizes, ages and abilities. I am so fortunate to have a front row seat to one of the greatest minds and leaders I’ve ever known…and he just so happens to be my son.
Each day I have the privilege of seeing Dawson’s mind and heart at work. He puts others first, strives to be kind and do the right thing. He doesn’t always get it right but he gets up and tries again and that is what matters most. I know I’m a better person, mom and leader because of the way this sweet boy shows up every day.
I hope you enjoy Dawson’s take a leadership and what it takes to lead ourselves and others.
Anyone can be a leader. All of the leaders in our world are just ordinary people. They didn’t wake up with special powers one day. They had to work to become a leader. But first it starts with a decision. You have to make up your mind to become a leader and commit to the process of doing the right thing, even if it’s hard.
Leaders don’t leave everyone behind because they know more, instead they go to the back of the line and put everyone ahead of them. When you lead from the back of the line you are focused on the team and making the weakest areas stronger. You create more leaders by serving others and putting their needs ahead of your own. A leader is not done until everyone is a leader themselves.
Great leaders are wise. Not only do leaders have to lead but they also have to teach. Leaders keep things simple. They speak kindly and listen always.
Leaders need to be mently strong. They must be able to get through anything and always look for a solution to the problem you are facing. Leading is like a journey because you are going to have obstacles in your path: happy or sad moments, weak moments where you will need to rely on God’s strength where you fall short.
The next trait of an amazing leader is to be determined. Be strong and don’t give up even when it is hard because when it is hard you are getting stronger and growing your leadership muscle.
Amazing leaders have integrity and do what is right even when it costs time or money. They always do what they say they will do know matter what. When leaders don’t do what they say they will do there is confusion. When there is confusion nothing happens. When a leader keeps their word, they build trust and teamwork.
Are you a leader? I bet you are! Who are you leading? How can you be a better leader today? People are depending on you to show up. Anyone can be a great leader, today is your day!