Are leaders born or made? In election years we are looking for leadership. Can we “find” it or “grow” it? Perhaps the answer is both.
Some are born to leadership. They emerge in childhood or feel a call for what they wish to do. Others are selected and trained, perhaps conditioned to become leaders.
Think about these five levels of leadership:
1. Position – People follow because they have to – a “boss,” a director, a teacher, or even a parent. The place a person occupies defines their leadership.
2. Permission – People follow because they want to – a pastor, a community official, someone I admire may be my leader. My allegiance gives them the right to lead.
3. Production – People follow because of what you have done for them personally. You demonstrate that your capabilities benefit them. They choose to follow.
4. People Development – People follow because of what you help them to become. The encouragement you offer makes you one they wish to follow.
5. Pinnacle – People follow because of who you are and what you represent. A leader is one to be emulated. Imitation is said to be the best form of flattery.
Attitude makes a difference. None of the succinctly defined leaders above will succeed with an attitude of superiority and pride. Obvious greed detracts from leadership. Moral failure destroys a leader’s effectiveness. Choices we make determine what kind of leaders we become and our success in a chosen field.
Leadership training is available in many ways throughout our county. Every year in the month of May our annual LEADERCAST provides one very significant opportunity.
Mark your calendar now for May 9, 2014, at the Canton First United Methodist Church. Sponsorships can be arranged through (770) 479-3669 or by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your choice can make a difference in your future! You can make a real difference in your family, and you may become a significant change agent in your community. Think about that!