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We have now moved to http://brokenmindset.org

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Posted by on May 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Leaders are Born and Not Made – Broken!

Your manager hands you a bunch of papers and tells you, “you are leading this team for this new project, here are their profiles and the description of the project, make me proud!”

army leaderIf you are one of the typical persons in this world, you would probably tell yourself “why me?” and make up a hundred and one reasons why not you. You would question your experience and your age (maybe you’ll be leading people older than you); you will start questioning your speaking ability and how you would influence them. You always believed that being a leader is some sort of inborn gift and you have this   “leaderophobia” (okay, maybe I should submit this to http://phobialist.com/ ) inside of you.

Let me tell you one thing, that might just change your mind, some of the greatest leaders in history were, “accidental”.

Maybe a case study would help? Consider 2 of Israel’s kings from the Bible, Saul and David. [majority of the story found in 1st Samuel]

Saul had all the makings of a great king- at least externally, he was from a noble lineage:

 There was a Benjamite, a man of standing, whose name was Kish son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Bekorath, the son of Aphiah of Benjamin. [1 Sam 9:1]

He was physically blessed more than the others:

Kish had a son named Saul, as handsome a young man as could be found anywhere in Israel, and he was a head taller than anyone else. [1 Sam 9:2]

Family lineage and physical traits, these are inborn. Saul has absolutely done nothing for him to get this, well maybe, drinking several cups of protein whey and gym subscription helped a bit, but generally these are inborn traits.

David on the other hand, came from a family of sheep herders, a little boy and the youngest in the family- inborn traits as well.

Both of them had an opportunity to lead Israel, however, Saul, on the latter part of his term, failed. He made decisions that angered God and The presence of God was no longer with him. He was filled with pride, fear, jealousy among other things. The people of Israel thought he was the perfect leader, who wouldn’t, he was perfect externally.

David, in contrast, was highly favored by God, He “slinged-down” a giant (if there is a term slinged-down). He conquered territories, he lead armies- but unlike Saul, he lead them well until the end of his term. He was considered one of the greatest kings of Israel, in the eyes of men (his subordinates) and in the eyes of God (his manager).

Every person, has a potential to be a leader. He can choose to turn down leadership opportunities or he can step up and rise up to the challenge.

To end, let me encourage you with this verse:

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. [1 Tim 4:12]

Whether you are young in age or you think you are inexperienced, you have the potential to become a leader. To set an example, to rise up to the challenge. Do not ever think that leaders are born, because leaders are made. Ordinary people, stepping-up and making informed and Godly decisions  for the good of the people they lead, for the honor of the people who leads them and for the glory of God.

This post was inspired by The 21 Most Powerful Minutes in a Leader’s Day by John Maxwell

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2011 in Leadership

 

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Now, Let’s Break Some Mindsets!

Thank you for visiting Broken Mindset. I hope you have read my About page to get a better understanding of why this blog exists.  🙂

Let me tell you guys what to expect in the next posts:

1. Expect lessons from a Biblical perspective.

Why look anywhere else? I have always been a critical thinker, it’s all about logic and facts for me, the Bible broke that mindset! The more I dig deep with the word the more I realized how profound God’s word is and that it is one treasure chest filled with principles for those who seek it.

2. Expect norms to be challenged. 

What better way to improve ourselves than to challenge our accepted norms.

3. Expect open-ended ideas.

There are chain of thoughts that ends with you on the last link, it leaves you to decide what happens next.

4. Expect grammatical errors.

If you want to be my proof reader, please let me know.

What not to expect:

1. That your character will change.

This is your decision. Applying good advices and the right mindsets in your life and career will help, but it is your commitment to that which will determine there will be changes in your character.

2. That things will become easier and more positive.

No philosophy or principle can ever promise you this- if it does then chances are that is a lie. Your circumstances will not change, except with divine intervention, it will remain. The way you act upon them however, that, hopefully will change with the help of the articles you read here.

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2011 in Uncategorized