I guess being a leader is not really something that one just does — unless you’re running for a political office, but even then it’s debatable if one is really a leader or if it’s just a title given that person because of the office. Anyway, I guess this whole year and part of last year, I’ve been learning more and more of what it takes to be a successful (read: “effective”) leader. I’m also starting to be more and more of a leader and accepting that as a role that has really always been mine, but I’ve been reluctant to take it.
Without going into much detail (for the safety and security of all involved), I can say I had to step up a lot today at work. It just sort of fell into my lap. Once again, I wasn’t prepared for it, but I made the best of it. I’ve always heard the saying that you know who you really are when you’re put in a time of crisis. You either cringe and cower — a.k.a flee the scene (and I know some who will cry or throw a tantrum), or you will step up and take control (and I know a few who will boldly proclaim “I’m in charge! Out of my way!” and you’d better get out of their way 😐 ).
I’ve probably been more of the latter, which begs to say that makes me a leader. Now while I may not boldly proclaim “I’m in charge; everyone listen to me or get the heck out of my way!” I do lead by example and I do put my foot down on occasion (or at least I’m starting to do so).
I don’t know much of the details as to why I was in control again, but I made the most of it and tried to stay calm and show authority when/where it was needed. I hate then having to leave someone else in control when I leave, but even leaders need to leave at times (even if it is just because their shift is up).
So I guess I am becoming a leader and if I wasn’t in charge…gosh, I don’t even want to think what would have happened today at work! Same goes for home a lot of times recently. If I don’t stand up and put my foot down at times, things will get considerably worse and I don’t even want to think about that!
Well, I guess we’ll just have to see what develops next and if/when my hard work is acknowledged! If not, it’s okay, I know God sees what I’m doing and will one day reward me in heaven! 😀
Love and prayers!