Leadership is Influence. Everything rises and falls on leadership, everything.
- Humility isn’t thinking poorly of yourself; it’s thinking honestly about yourself.
- Humility isn’t a weakness; it’s strength under control.
- It’s a balance of God’s gifts within you, self-awareness, and maturity.
- The intent isn’t merely to embrace humility, but also to resist pride.
- Pride blocks humility and causes us to fall.
- You can intentionally pursue humility, but you’ll struggle if pride is blocking the way.
- Trying to be humble isn’t the goal; that can quickly become less authentic. It’s more about seeing yourself realistically and putting others before yourself.
- Humility sets your soul for God-based confidence.
- Humility leads to gratitude.
- Humility prepares your heart to be naturally thankful.
- You’re a small part of a big world, you are important and you matter, but you’re not the only person; you are poised to be a much more grateful person.
- An ungrateful soul is an empty soul because it always wants more.
- Remember to focus and to be grateful for what you do have, rather than focusing on what you don’t have.
- Ungrateful leaders are unhappy leaders, and unhappy leaders are only satisfied with more.
- It’s easy to start questioning why God didn’t bless you with more. Instead, tell God daily what you are grateful for.
- Often tell someone why you appreciate them. Thank them and tell them why.
- Gratitude leads to generosity.
- When gratitude is in your soul, you make room for generosity.
- When you possess soul-level generosity, you want more for people than you want from them.
- You become a more giving leader.
- Giving becomes a natural part of your life, and you sense no need to keep score.
- Giving becomes easy, except perhaps, for the times that you need to make discerning choices about how to direct your generosity.
- Generosity is a way of living rather than a specific activity that you practice a few times a month or so.
- Generous leaders look for ways to bless others and find great joy in doing so.
- Generosity leads to personal security.
- Generosity flows into and strengthens your security.
- When you give easily and naturally, you gain certain freedom to be yourself.
- Secure leaders don’t often get caught up in people-pleasing and performance.
- No one wants to follow an insecure leader.
- All leaders have insecurity, but that’s different than being an insecure person.
- Security comes from knowing who you are in Christ and being self-aware about your gifts and talents.
- Being secure on who you are and confident are difficult to separate.
- People like you best when you are yourself.
- Don’t worry about what people think of you.
- Not everyone will like you, but they like you best when you are the real you.
- Security leads to courage.
- When you are secure enough to be yourself, you have the freedom to be courageous.
- Courage always increases confidence.
- You are secure in the person God made you be.
- You can’t jump from humility to courage. The leap is too far, you’ll fall.
- You need to bridge the gap with gratitude, generosity, and security.
- You will have tough conversations
- Make difficult decisions
- Take a stand when needed
- Speak the truth
- Lead into uncertainty
- Courage isn’t always about doing what is big and grand, but more about doing the next right thing even when no one is looking.
- Courage sometimes includes going alone for a short time. There are times when it’s just you, that’s leadership. That’s courage.