Becoming The Leader You Were Designed To Be
by Stacy Y Whyte
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Everyone who leads an organization whether big or small wants it to be successful. Success is the epitome of a dynamic leader. The leader is the person that ensures that everyone involved in it maintains integrity and honesty. Leaders create the mission and see the vision without the manifestation of it actually occurring. A great leader will help others to come up out of the stench of dormancy and not be scornful to look on those at the bottom of the ladder. Those in leadership can be critical but should never be judgmental of others. Instead, an ear should be extended to listen to the rationale behind the decision that was made by the subordinate. The scripture in Philippians 2: 3-4 says, “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” You may not always agree with the decision maker below you but that doesn’t mean you should dismiss their ideas or even bury it before fully understanding it.
Leaders should seek after God’s face for direction, guidance and instructions on the best ways to lead those that are within their organizational structure. Some leaders like to micromanage their employees and they do not entertain other people’s suggestions however, that suggestion could very well be the key to the next big thing for the company. Before making decisions hastily it is best to analyze it by checking out the benefits and thinking about the disadvantages. Your actions and responses could either make you or break you – no organization or person wants to sink into a hole, everyone wants to thrive and blossom with greatness. A true leader doesn’t seek to crush others self esteem, rather they mentor them by challenging them with tasks that are outside of their comfort zone, provides encouragement to the mentee, and gives advice to them on how to make improvements and affirmations when it is necessary. The scripture in Titus 2: 6-8 says, “Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.”
As the leader you are the chief administrator of the organizational affairs and you are responsible for managing the employees and protecting the brand that you represent. If you are a pastor or ministry leader your main responsibilities are to protect the affairs of the church and everything that concerns it, including the souls that you watch over. The holy word in 1 Peter 5: 2- 4 says, “Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. Don’t lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example.” You will not uphold wrongdoing and actively participate in the things that are evil in the sight of God but as a shepherd you’ll watch and pray, instruct, teach, encourage, exhort and correct in love. You are suppose to be a beacon of light to the people and a watchman for the kingdom and as of such you must give the people God’s instructions so that no one’s blood can be on your shoulder. (Reference Ezekiel 3) You will not always get people to agree with you and not everyone will like you but you cannot sugarcoat the message like it is a candy cane – It must be delivered so that it can cut through the crevice and corners of the people’s heart; in doing so, they will be delivered, healed, saved and then be restored by God.
When you are a CEO of an organization you always desire to have the best assets and not liabilities; these assets include employees – without good people in the company failure is imminent. Having great employees that represent the brand well will bring increase and expansion to the company. Whenever there is an expansion, promotion automatically comes with it but only the best are selected for elevation. So step away from the norm, walk in humility and rise up in excellence, it could lead you right into your next management or executive role. The verse in 1 Peter 5: 5-7 says, “Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time.” Be reminded that nobody wants a liability around because it can be like toxic waste and even dangerous to not just one person but to everybody. Whatever role you are in now do it well – perfect your art and work hard to be the best at what you do. In Colossians 3:23 it says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”
Great leaders will have a heart for the people in the organization, that individual will wear the shoes as a client and still have the capacity to sit in the board room with the shareholders and make informed decisions. In leadership roles you have to be able to communicate with people from all social class, ignore the color of the client being dealt with and look beyond the gender and the race of the potential employee. You promote a healthy and friendly working environment that does not permit discrimination and harassment of any kind. Most of all you allow God to be the head over you and order your steps – you treat others the way you would like to be treated and extend a helping hand in times of distress.
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
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Ah yes, "allow God to be the head over you and order your steps" - (and He has set the Order of Headship in His Word) - (1 Corinthians 11;3 But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God..... 7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. 8 For man is not from woman, but woman from man. 9 Nor was man created for the woman, but woman for the man. 10 For this reason the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.) - (1 Corinthians 14;34 Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says. 35 And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church.) - (1 Timothy 2;11 Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. 12 And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.) - (1 Corinthians 14;37 If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord.)
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