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Leading-D.M.Escalante

Leadership is not always pretty. I watched how the movies serve up the hero; smooth, calm and, collective. Calling the shots like a boss.
It makes me want to be like that leader or that coach we see in the movies. I watched the movie Remember the Titans. Do you remember the scene during one part of the movie the football coach was breaking the players individuality down to reveal the need for them to rise as a team. The Coach’s way of discipline may seem brutish however, it was very effective. I later had found out that this movie was based on actual events.

While watching, My friend says “man, I could totally do that!!” I simply chuckled, as I thought to myself. not because of my friends comment. I chuckled because of what I have experienced in my leadership and what I know what it takes to be that inspiring leader.

Because leaders make leadership look easy. We look to them and believe they are larger than life. We may meet them as a character in a movie, we have known them all, but five or ten minutes of the movie and when the movie gets to the climax we are rooting when the leader is victorious. We see leaders rise in emergency situations. We assume no evil befalls them.. They don’t have “craziness” going on in their life.

In reality, it is totally different. Leaders are actively working when others are just getting to work. Leaders are those who bring a solution to the complaint or question they may have.

Leaders are human. They endure family issues they carry struggles with the metaphorical “thorn in the flesh” like the apostle Paul did. They have short comings. they fight with one hand on the battle ahead and yet another building their home. True leaders will admit they are not perfect. True leaders understand that ultimately love patches the wounds in their leadership. But leaders are tough. They push when others quit. They are the ones who thrive when others die-off because they have “grit” and sheer will. Leaders continue to lead while building up their weaknesses.
Leaders purpose their days, and not allow their days to rule them. They fight to complete priorities because LEADERS ARE ones who finish.
If you want to lead, i have given you some good guidance to start.

Here is the secret: You can already do this stuff!!! You might have to square up with the reflection you see in the mirror every morning and choose to be the leader you desire to be.
I bet you have some questions-good leaders always do. I want you to have the courage to ask questions.

How do you lead where you are?

What if no one is following you?
What would Jesus do? ha ha.
what does leadership look like to you?

I hope we can discover together what it takes to lead from a biblical perspective. share you questions.
So let’s pack our bags and go on this trip together. i can assure you we both can use this..

..Thank you for reading my post I hope we can connect in the future. If you have any prayer requests, let’s connect and join in prayer together. God bless you.
-Michael

Leading, how to start – D.M. Escalante

 

Thank you so much for connecting with me I am writing a series on leading if you wanted to see the first article click here.    Any Journey begins with a first step. How does one lead? How do we transition from follower to leader. How do we move from a position of being told what to do to a position of telling others?

I have experienced many types of leaders in my working career. I think my dad was the toughest.  He is very stern and is not one who coddles you when it comes to your performance. My Dad is all business and is the best at his craft (concrete) He gets things done without regard as to how you feel about it. He was not always the Boss.  He started out about 40 or so years ago. as a general laborer.  He often worked hard and long hours to support my brother and I at the time. Now he runs his own company I am so proud of my Dad.

Leading begins with the taking the first step: Initiative.  you have to commit for the duration. Leading does not take breaks, it takes assessments to see how well the project is moving. It takes guts to lead sure you can always criticize that leader and how you could do better.  If that has happened to you then, I have a question? what is stopping you from leading?  This is critical because as you find out what is truly keeping you silent you will discover the thing that is holding you back.

quick steps:

  1. Identify.  Identify what is truly holding you from stepping in or stepping up?
  2. Quantify.  Figure out if the reason your are staying in the background, is worth seeing the project flounder. one reason it could be failing is derived from a lack of the gift you bring to the table.
  3. Rectify.  Reduce your decision to lead to one act you can do right now. Do not loose your nerve, the first action is always the hardest. If you need resources to help you get the ball rolling look out for them.  Resolve within your self to do one thing to lead (and yes, planing is a step towards leading although you have to keep momentum).

I pray that these quick steps help you move into the position the project needs you for. If it has? then please let me know. I want to hear from you.  If you think  this will help a friend then share it.  There are many other resources if you look up leadership in your search engine.  the resources are endless as they equip you to climb higher and soar. Praying for you.

Mike

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