Leadership Worth – Nu Leadership Series

“Too often the great decisions are originated and given form in bodies made up wholly of men, or so completely dominated by them that whatever of special value women have to offer is shunted aside without expression.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

After dealing with crazy people in your organization, and the demands of customers, you may wonder if leadership is worth the trouble. Leader, leadership is a journey. Let’s explore one life-changing experience for me. As you may understand from my columns, I am a research junkie. It fires me up! Too much information is not good, however. For example, one co-worker raved about a new research tool; however, some individuals were spending several hours using it. Isn’t technology wonderful? It’s an outstanding resource, but I found it unhelpful for me at this stage. I have gotten information overload during major projects. As a result of this information saturation, I then simplified my approach in conducting my research. I now use some basic research tools. I’ve learned that having information isn’t enough to excel in my leadership journey. Albert Einstein once said, “Information is not knowledge.” From this experience, I learned that effective leaders are flexible.

Let’s explore another life-changing experience. It’s recognizing that I don’t know—about me and my path forward. Do you know your path, Leader? Going through this leadership journey has challenged my vision. What if your abilities were designed for another purpose? Are you then making the right decisions for your life? These thoughts can generate anxiety and fear because you are now facing the unknown. Like the biblical figure Moses, you may be only sojourning in Pharaoh’s court for a short time for training; however, you won’t ever become a royal prince or princess in Pharaoh’s court. Not knowing what I am becoming is a frustration. Are you frustrated also? Nevertheless, you must run this leadership race with confidence because this is your mission. Do you know your leadership mission? I Corinthian 9:24 reads, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.”

Finally, leaders should not be side-tracked with minor issues in their organizations. What is the most important reason you are leading? Do you feel you are divinely called to lead or just holding a place in your organization? Those are important questions to consider if you are going to be effective. If you are divinely called to serve, you will also be equipped divinely to lead. Psalm 121:1, 2 reads, “I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.” With that said, let this growth process continue. In summary, run your own leadership race with confidence. Run this race to win because you are divinely called to lead. Are you running like a winner in front or you lagging behind? You should know this fact, Leader! Plan ahead. Prepare yourself for life’s obstacles. Run the race with a sense of urgency and purpose. Start today!

Reference:

Brain Quote (2005). Received on November 15, 2005 from http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/a/albert_einstein.html

© 2006 by Daryl D. Green

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