Leadership is not a title. So what is it?
Leading others is earned. It is a relational dynamic. It is a willing connection.
Leaders pull, not push.
Leaders raise their hand to volunteer first. They sacrifice first.
Leaders listen to complaints, they do not give them.
Leaders earn respect. They do not demand it.
Leaders demonstrate patience and calm. They are a voice of reason.
Leaders ask great questions and patiently listen to the answer.
Leaders speak to your potential, not to your past.
Leaders take responsibility. They do not blame.
Leaders have imperfections and faults, but they do not get comfortable with them as part of their identity.
Leaders invite others in, not push people out.
So, no matter your title or level of responsibility, you can lead! Being a leader is not something awarded to you. It is something you do because you love and desire to serve.
Gabe Lett, FSMPS, CPSM, LPC