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LIFE Lessons on Leading and Influencing

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When I think about true leadership I look to the life of Jesus as my example.  He was after all, the “Master” and He successfully lead His team (disciples) and trained them to be His ambassadors to the world.  There was only one failure in the group, Judas, but that didn’t rattle Jesus or hinder Him from His leadership mission.  He brought LIFE to His followers in more ways than one.

Leading like the Master involves asking questions of others.  The truest form of learning often comes from asking the right question.  This invitation to participate stimulates the creativity of others and is the hallmark of humility and strength of character in real leaders.  I used to marvel at how many times Jesus asked His followers questions.  Jesus already knew the answer, but He wanted to engage them in the process and develop the depth of leadership into their own thought process.  Jesus always modeled effective leadership through practical experiences with His followers.

A trustworthy leader will also have a humble mindset which makes room to show appreciation for others, letting them know they are valued.  We are all leaders and influencers in some capacity through our various relationships.  With that in mind, I hope you’ll take a moment to ponder the following question…

How do these specific areas of LIFE fit into your agenda?

Leaving a legacy

Inviting uniqueness

Facilitating connection

Engaging in mentoring

An effective leader works to facilitate connection and engage in mentoring.  They don’t isolate themselves, and they are inclusive, not exclusive.  They’re not high-minded separatists who exalt their peer group.  A successful leader is instructional, always looking to build and enhance the lives of younger leaders while bringing them close, so that they can learn by exposure to the leader’s own life.  It is the lifestyle of a servant leader, where building relationships is key.

Through the process of parenting, we are all leaders/influencers and the qualities of a LIFE building leader can be effective when implemented with our children ~ when we understand that ultimately we are teaching them to think for themselves.  We are the ones who have the privilege of developing those traits that will help our children be successful in life.  Parents instinctively understand the role of children as our ambassadors, which is why we cringe and feel embarrassed when inappropriate behavior surfaces.

Masterful leadership involves a healthy separation, which acknowledges the uniqueness of those being lead, giving them room to grow and learn without taking on their followers’ failures as their own.  When one of their followers stumbles or fails, the LIFE building leader helps to restore and rebuild that person so that they can grow through their failure.

Leadership is a privilege that has multifaceted responsibilities, something all true leaders recognize.  With that in mind, effective leaders intentionally work on their own improvement by choosing to refine themselves in their role as a leader.  They live with the awareness of their influence and the legacy they’re leaving behind, which aids in keeping them on track.

Spiritual perspective:  In the Gospels when Jesus is referred to as “master” it is in reference to His role as a teacher.  Leaders and influencers must always be mindful of their role as teachers.  Jesus addressed His disciples as individuals and as a group. He asked thought provoking and challenging questions, encouraged relationships within the group and spent quality time just sharing LIFE with them.

Working with me as your life coach, I’ll ask you the right questions so you can connect your values, passion and purpose.  Then you can determine what is most important on your agenda and how you want to pursue those goals.  You’ll come away with the confidence and courage to lead yourself and leave a legacy that makes an impactfind out how now.  

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9 Responses to LIFE Lessons on Leading and Influencing
  1. Caroline O'Neil
    June 17, 2011 | 3:54 pm

    LIFE Lessons on Leading and Influencing: #Mentoring #Legacy #Influence

  2. Bridget Haymond
    June 17, 2011 | 3:30 pm

    LIFE Lessons on Leading and Influencing: #Mentoring #Legacy #Influence

  3. Bridget Haymond
    December 6, 2010 | 9:16 pm

    For #2011: How do you plan to Leave a legacy, Invite uniqueness, Facilitate connection & Engage in mentoring?

  4. Jimmy Larche
    February 28, 2010 | 12:02 pm

    Bridget, you are inspiring and encouraging. Thank you for yielding yourself to the Master's concept of leadership!

    • Bridget Haymond
      March 6, 2010 | 4:27 pm

      Thanks for your encouraging words Jimmy, His ways are always best!

  5. Robin Kinsman
    December 14, 2009 | 2:10 am

    Thank you Bridget,
    Loved the learning and leadership connection, as Jesus modeled it – the Master and yet the servant. You include a lot of angles in this succinct article, enjoyed it.

    • Bridget Haymond
      December 14, 2009 | 3:11 am

      Thanks Robin! I appreciate you stopping by and taking time to comment.

  6. Erin Schreyer
    December 13, 2009 | 3:05 pm

    Bridget – this is a FABULOUS post!!! I love the acronym and its application. I also agree that there's no better model for leadership and Jesus!! Fantastic, my friend. well done!

    • Bridget Haymond
      December 14, 2009 | 3:08 am

      Thanks Erin, that means a lot coming from a wonderful leader like you!