The following blog was written by a someone that attended one of my Leadership Labs. The writing was in response to the question “How would you define leadership?”
As a young and incredibly introverted child, I assumed that leaders were born- that to be a good leader, you needed some innate quality that I simply did not and could not possess. Leaders are charismatic, extroverted, eloquent- in short, everything I am not. I could hardly speak to my fire, let alone guide and motivate a group of people. My pastor proved me wrong after I commented on his ability to talk to anyone, and teach anything. In truth, I discovered that he is incredibly shy and laughed at the idea of being a pastor, but found that it was exactly what God was calling him to do.
Leaders may be born with qualities to make their task easier, but they can also be taught and molded by obedience to God and the call He has placed on them. Leadership is not about knowing that you are the best fit or most qualified for the job, but rather knowing that you might not be and having the willingness and humility to seek the counsel of those who have gone before you, as well as the experience of the group you lead. It’s all about seeing people the way God sees them, and commitment to the good works He has prepared for us to do together.

– Rachel F.