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Ways to Help You Become a Better Leader without a Title

Being a leader without a title is a position everyone should strive for in their life and yet many seek worldly appellations instead. Have you ever wondered how your boss or even someone you work with, ever got his/her job? I mean obviously, they don’t know what they are doing right? You feel slighted as you get passed over time and time again for that promotion you are wanting. Everyone knows that you know more, have more experience, etc. than the other person ever will. It just makes no business sense to give them the reigns and not you. These lapses in judgement occur daily in the workforce, making an already difficult job that much harder. In order to lead without a title, you must first be a person to follow. Click To Tweet If we look at the Biblical definitions of leadership, do you exemplify these qualities? Here are a few examples from scripture on how to be a better leader without a title.   Are you Humble? “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves” ~ Philippians 2:3 Do you provide good council? “Where there is no guidance the people fall, But in abundance of counselors there is victory.” ~ Proverbs 11:14 Show great competence and intelligence? “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” ~ 2 Timothy 2:15 Be wary of your ambitions – “But it […]

Leaders Who Go from “I” to”We” (Guest Post)

Once again my blog has been graciously taken over my a fellow blogger. Today’s guest is T.J. Tison, where she shares her story on her recent opportunity to have breakfast with a business industry leader. Here is her story: “The journey from “I” to We is a long one.”-Bill George I was recently blessed to hear Bill George speak at a leaders breakfast.  Bill George is business thought leader, Harvard Business School professor, and former CEO of Medtronic, and a man of strong faith. When it comes to being an effective leader, we would be wise to sit up and take notice when Bill George speaks. I did listen. One thing that stood out the most to me that morning was, as leaders, we need to take the journey from “I” to “We”. That journey can be a long one. Bill was once told that he wasn’t getting the best out of his team because he was forcing them to do his bidding without hearing their ideas. Early on in college he was encouraged to change the way he tried to lead because he was making it all about himself. Bill was operating as most leaders do. But he decided to intentionally change the way he led. It was a long, but worthwhile journey. Bill chose to make that change and you can too. Some leaders never make that change. They operate as an “I” leader until the day they retire, or die. We have all worked for a few of those.  It’s all about them, […]

Ten Common Differences Between Leaders and Followers

Everywhere we turn we hear about traits of what real leadership is. Whether on our Internet feed, in magazines, or even on TV and the movies the misconceptions and differences between leaders and followers vary greatly. Sure you likely have a boss and assume being a leader comes with the title. Many of us confuse leadership with following the herd or maintaining the status quo. Real leaders have factors that differ them from the said herd and make people want to follow them. Let me break it down for you, here are a few ways: 1. A leader leads by example a follower depends on others. If there is not a set path a true leader will blaze new trails to reach their goals. A follower will remain idle until given explicit directives. 2. A leader depends on his courage, a follower struggles to find a spine. To lead others you must be decisive and willing to make the hard decisions. People want to follow those that command authority. Wishy washy leaders are usually followers in wolves clothing. 3. Leaders have enthusiasm and are ready to get the job done.  People are drawn to excitement and enthusiasm, a leader motivates and inspires their followers. Followers are more ho-hum with a slight Eyeore syndrome.  Someone who is a bore or slow to act will likely lose followers and rather follow instead. 4. Passion drives leaders farther than even their own expectations. Followers are rarely passionate about anything that would set them apart. When someone gives it their all and […]