December 6, 2018 lead

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Good morning, DearHeart.

As our sons were growing up a common talk we’d have with them was that others … especially younger folks were always watching them. The power of their words, influence, attitude, work ethic, relationship with Christ, was always on display. And, even as young boys, they were leaders with followers.

They also decided along the way … well, to put it simply … and blunt … leadership is messy. And we all interact with leadership in some way.

Whether it is at school, work, church, with family, or relationships, our lives are impacted by leadership. If our desire is to lead well, we must continually develop and our leadership will require everything of us.

Great leadership is rare because it takes work. And, it is ever-changing.

It takes intentionality.

It requires sacrifice.

It takes resolve.

It involves heartaches,

disappointments,

and mistakes.

It requires apologies.

It entails a daily dose of humility.

It means relentless growth and

frequent failure. (sigh).

Extraordinary leadership isn’t easy, but it is possible.

I’ve always thought the secret to extraordinary leadership lies in this verse, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all you strength. The second is equally important: Love your neighbor as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31, NLT)

When you operate from a point of loving your people well, you get to witness little victories trickling from the people you lead as they lead others. You also gain courage to grow your skills through the challenges.

Notice today those who are following – intentionally, and unintentionally – those who are watching from a distance. Notice the power of your influence.

May we be committed to our growth because our God is committed to us through the long haul.

“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”
(Philippians 1:6, NLT)

Wake up.

Continue growing.

Go.

About lewis3sunz

I am a blessed woman. Wife, daughter, mother of 3sunz, sister, author of 'Spirit Move Me: Memos to you that sway with the Holy Spirit', Jesus loving Oklahoma girl, I love exploring truth, early morning is my favorite time of day, teacher/trainer, lover of books and news and fascinated with butterflies, extreme right brained pondering creature; enjoy helping others find meaning, tap into their own inspiration and intuition to work more effectively, and overcome struggles and the rising and falling of life in the everyday grind and in small business/micro business worlds. Blessed with the crazy notion, the wild-eyed foolishness, and the madcap belief in the simple idea that I might help one to make a decision that makes a difference in the world . . . as stated by Ralph Waldo Emerson’s famous quote…“To know one life breathed easier because you lived, this is to have succeeded.” I get to use my small business background as a former owner of a Flower Shop and Hallmark Store and former co-owner of Disability Specialists, LLC, to help folks build dreams. I hold a M.Ed with emphasis on Adult Training and Education. I’d love to get my Doctorate in Educational Leadership . . . someday. My work centers on the belief that inside each of us lives a mesmerizing soul waiting to be revealed. Every day we can choose to trust the magic of our calling and take those unconventional moves to unlock an enchanted journey. I serve as Business and Industry Director and Business Development Services Coordinator at Canadian Valley Technology Center in Chickasha, Oklahoma.

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