For years I’ve heard John Maxwell say, “Leaders always go first.” The more I grow, the more I realize how true that statement is. Do you want to see who the leaders are in your organization? Look to see who is always going first. Leaders don’t wait to see what everyone else is going to do, they choose to step out and lead, regardless of how they feel. If you desire to lead, start accepting the fact that you’re always going to be going first!
In my experience learning about leadership and watching leaders I have noticed that:
Leaders go first in everything.
Leaders go first in accepting responsibility.
Leaders go first in asking for forgiveness.
Leaders go first in leading themselves, they don’t wait for others to come alongside them to motivate them.
Leaders go first in stepping out into the unknown.
Leaders go first in talking about the “elephants” in the room.
Leaders go first in encouraging their people.
Leaders go first in listening to their people.
Leaders go first in paying the tab!
Leaders go first in praying!
Leaders go first in setting the standard.
Leaders go first in leading by example.
Leaders go first in choosing to have a good attitude.
Leaders go first in confronting issues and people who need confronted.
Over the past two years, I have really tried to be intentional in this area of growth. Any time I see the opportunity to go first, I take it. To be honest, it’s not always comfortable, but I recognize that if I am going to be a leader, I will always need to go first.
If you’ve chosen to lead with your life, get used to going first.
In what other areas have you seen leaders go first?
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