“Some Leaders are Born Women” reads the needlepoint given to me as an ordination gift. Leadership certainly is not limited to pastors and other paid staff of the church. Any of us might be tapped for leadership at some time in our life. How does one become a leader? People may be:
—Born into leadership.
—Called or chosen for leadership.
—Caught in a leadership position.
—Evolve into leadership through service.
Effective leaders grow. Like a tree that starts from a tiny seed, leaders often rise up from within a group because they have the seed of an idea to improve a situation.
Regardless of how one comes to such a role, each leader has their own style, bringing unique benefits to the work. It can be challenging, exhausting, lonely and overwhelming to be a leader. That’s why all leaders need nurturing.
You never know when you might be called to be a leader. God’s work is truly done through our hands.
Today we remember William Tyndale, translator, martyr (1536). This message was adapted from “Leaders: Born, Called, or Caught” written by Kathryn Haueisen that first appeared in the November 2010 issue of Lutheran Woman Today (now Gather) magazine.
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