This week a student that I had years ago showed exemplary leadership skills. I watched as he applied to a very competitive leadership position after losing out on another. Losing out only intensified his desire to keep going, he didn’t give up, because his desire to serve others was so great, which for me is what leadership is all about. I was proud as I read his paper of the people who made a difference in his life. It was at that point I realized leaders aren’t born but yet people who have been given a gift by others, that they chose to unwrap.
The Webster’s dictionary says a leader is a person who has commanding authority or influence. My question is where does a person get this commanding authority and influence? Are we born with it? Were John Maxwell, Zig Ziglar, Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, Hitler, Gandhi… were they born with that instinct?
I believe it is a gift given from someone else. People in our lives have so much influence over us. We watch each day the actions of others from the time we are old enough to pay attention. I know as a young child I watched my own father as people looked up to him for his ability to to listen and show compassion and understanding to others and I knew I wanted to strive for that same gift.
If you think of the greatest leader, Jesus Christ, didn’t he do just that, serve others?
John 13:14-15 “Now that I your Lord and Teacher have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”
What gift will you give today or what gift will you open?