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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Leadership (03/14/05)

TITLE: Born to Lead
By Cassandra Plummer
03/20/05


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I have heard it said, “To be a good leader requires the ability to be a good follower.”

I have been in various positions of leadership. When I think of the kind of follower, I was . . .

well, I will resist judging myself. I will follow the example of the Apostle Paul, “. . . I do not

even judge myself.” I Corinthians 4:3NIV I will just tell you my story.


Whenever I would get a new position or job, I would learn my task as quickly as possible. I

would follow the trainer and be dedicated to learning so I could get the information I needed to

perform the task involved as quickly as possible. In those days I was an independent thinker and

worker. I learned later in life the difference between dependant, independent and interdependent.

Dependent is relying on others for all your needs. Independent is thinking you do not need

anybody’s help to do anything. Interdependent is doing for yourself what you can and being

humble enough to ask for help when you need it.


I took initiative and worked very hard. Usually within a few days I was trained and was set free.

I was a self-motivated worker, who needed very little supervision. Once I entered

management, I learned through management training programs how to deal with each employee

on the level they were on. New employees and old employees cannot both be supervised the

same way. Employees who are not self-motivated will not perform without direct and constant

supervision. You cannot treat self-motivated employees the same way you treat those employees

who are not self-motivated. Self-motivated people tend to have a strategy for getting their work

done. I learned as long as the end result is quality work, to give room the self-motivated

employee to work.


The gospel teaches us about Jesus’ leadership qualities. Jesus does not lord his authority over any

of us.1 Peter 5:3NIV Matthew 20:25-28NIV He gives us room to develop our God

given talents and abilities and he rewards our efforts. Matthew 25:14-30NIV He separates

the wheat from the chaff. Matthew 3:12NIV The wheat he brings closer unto himself, the chaff

he removes from his presence.


Once I was told by the Operations Manager for the franchisee I was employed by to toughen up.

He told me when I walk into my restaurant, my employees should jump to attention. He wanted

me to have this presence where my employees somewhat feared me. I resisted him. I wanted my

employees to be loyal enough to do a good job whether I was there or not. At the time there was

another General Manager working in another one of the franchisee’s restaurants. I was told to be

more like her. Her disposition began causing regular customers to stop coming, and causing

employee turn over to be extremely high. When this effected Sales and Profit some changes were

made. She left. I was transferred to replace her, to a store that was a five-minute drive from my

home.

The store I had been managing, which was an hour commute for me both ways, was a

problematic store until I became the General Manager. Projected Sales and Profits Quotas were

not being met. Employee theft was also a big problem Employee turn over was high. New

employees were being run off by one group of employees.


In retrospect I see this was a good opportunity for God to work through me. With God’s grace, I

was able to put the store on the path to becoming a million dollars a year store. I had started

house hunting to get closer to the store. The Operations manager knew I was house hunting and

called me and told me not to keep looking. He said there had been a decision made to put me in

the store closer to where I lived.

Before it was all said and done, I was told that my type of leadership was the better way. I am

what I am by the grace of God. And God is the best leader. Since we are made in His image

and in the likeness of Jesus’ Christ (attitudes) we all have leadership potential. I thank God for

giving me this opportunity so He could reveal to me His Leadership qualities inside of me.

Romans 8:28,29NIV Having a relationship with God is the key to being able to tap into our

Leadership qualities.


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Member Comments
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Delores Baber03/24/05
How well you defined the qualities of a good leader. Time proved your methods more beneficial. I have seen the damage poor leadership creates. You described this well. You have a wonderful abilblity to express your thoughts. Good work!
karen McLamb03/26/05
Praise God!, that we know how to tap into being a leader.