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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 […]

5 Leadership Lessons Learned from Kevin Durant

There are some leadership lessons that can be learned from Kevin Durant’s MVP acceptance speech. Kevin Durant was just named the NBA MVP – In a matter of a few minutes he shows all of us how to be a MVP leader in just over 7 minutes he exemplified what being a servant leader means and set an example we could all try to follow. 1. Share the credit and spotlight with others – As a basketball player  he could have made the MVP award all about himself, yet  he gave all credit to God and his teammates and never once made the award about himself.   As part of any team we are only as successful as those that we lead.  In moments of triumph a leader is best to be humble and gracious and acknowledge their teammates. 2.  Publicly Honor and commend the sacrifice of others– He stresses about how his team sacrifices for him and how they would run through walls for him.  He expresses his gratitude for their actions both on and off the court that motivated and inspired him to be his best. Will your team sacrifice for you and you for them? 3. Always thank those that help you succeed (especially your mom) – He gave most of the credit to the real MVP in his life, his mom who had sacrificed for him and his brother to get them where they are. He played the heart-strings a bit when he talked about moving into their first apartment that had nothing in […]

Qualities of a Servant Leader

We all hear the term “servant leader” being tossed around in both the business world as well as within our local communities.  What exactly is a servant leader ? How do we become one or better yet, why should we want to be one? Leading by serving is a practice that dates back many years before the new lingo came along.  I am sure you can think of a couple of people in history as well as your own lives that lived to serve others.  By serving others they intentionally or not share their influence in their business, community or family effortlessly and without expectation. Let’ take a look at some of the component that I believe to make-up a servant leader LEAD – Goes without saying that a leader must live and lead by example. Respecting others and working just as hard if not harder than those that you lead. INSPIRATION – It does not matter if they work for you, or you for them or maybe they are your peer; everyone deserves to be treated with the same level of respect and courtesy. Give the people around you honest and true respect and generously love them for the blessing they are and they will naturally follow your lead. TEACHING – Share your knowledge and experiences in a benevolent manner that will be remembered. Everyone knows that the student one day will become the teacher so share and share alike. EMPATHY– As leaders it is easy to dismiss or disregard the feelings and heart […]