BECOMING A LEADER Leaders are ordinary people who accept or are placed under extraordinary circumstances that bring forth their latent potential, producing a character that inspires the confidence and trust of others. Myles MunroeBecoming A Leader, “Everyone Can Do It”
BECOMING A LEADER Good leadership involves responsibility to the welfare of the group. Some people will get angry with your actions and decisions.“Being Responsible sometimes means pissing people off.” Secretary of State Colin L. Powell
CHALLENGES OF BEINGA LEADER REJECTION CRITICISM LONELINESS PRESSURE MENTAL AND PHYSICAL FATIGUE PRICE PAID BY THOSE CLOSEST TO YOU
CHALLENGES OF BEINGA LEADER REJECTION One of the most common costs of leadership is the experience of rejection. If you are willing to accept the call to leadership, at times, you may be rejected and misunderstood.
CHALLENGES OF BEINGA LEADER CRITICISM No leader is exempt! The very nature of effective leadership involves taking a position on issues, making decisions, and determining direction. These will always result in some form of reaction from one’s environment.
CHALLENGES OF BEINGA LEADER LONELINESS Leadership, at times, is lonely, because you must be out front, ahead of the followers. Also, because the leader is the one with the guiding vision and purpose, he/she sees the end from the beginning and must live both the process and destination, all at the same time.
CHALLENGES OF BEINGA LEADER PRESSURE Leaders must face the challenge of the responsibilities and demands that come with leadership. These involve the need to make critical decisions, often under pressure.
CHALLENGES OF BEINGA LEADER MENTAL AND PHYSICAL FATIGUE Leadership places heavy demands on the individual who fills the position. There is no way to become an effective leader and not be affected by its stress, physical demands and mental toll.
CHALLENGES OF BEINGA LEADER PRICE PAID BY THOSE CLOSEST TO YOU You must be aware of the tremendous cost which will be born by those closest to you (for example, family members). Because leadership demands the giving of oneself to others, your life becomes the property of those whom you SERVE.
So what characteristics makes aneffective and respected leader?A leader should be: • fair• honest • open-minded • competent • courageous • imaginative • innovative • humble (she • decisive may know it all, • inspiring but she’s not a • passionate know-it-all) • positive • verbally persuasive
LEADERS MUST EMPOWEROTHERS By empowering others, leaders tap unlimited resources available to them by allowing others to: Use initiative Be resourceful Better accomplish the mission Use teamwork Take charge Use common sense and judgment
If you are willing to work harder, longer, and moreintensely and beyond the call of duty, you will becomean effective leader.