Leadership tends to introduce several interesting twists in the development of leaders and followers.
How do we want others to treat us? With respect, integrity, love, appreciation, patience, etc.? If this is true, then Jesus would say treat others this way first!
We must not be influenced or directed by the practices of culture in our relationships.
It is easy to react, instead of acting as we should. Additionally, we must be careful to guard against overreacting.
Leaders must learn to act in keeping with the way we want others to act.
When businesses host a “Customer Appreciation Day,” they offer special pricing to express their gratitude to customers.
Appreciation is best summed up in the depth of our gratitude. Cicero claimed; “gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” (Cicero, ‘Pro Plancio,’ 54 B.C.)
When was the last time we expressed gratitude?
What actions or qualities move us to be thankful?
How often do we express our gratitude?
Have we considered why we are thankful?
Let us express gratitude for the physical and spiritual ways God has blessed our lives. To Him be the glory.
Defining leadership becomes more complex by the day. Books, blogs, and dictionaries are constantly modifying ways to think about leadership.
Examining definitions over the past 100 years indicates the same challenges. Each decade introduced new political figures and challenges to the country that influenced the way leadership was defined.
One consistent fact about leadership, regardless of the time, country, or political power, is the influence leaders have through inspiring others to act in achieving a goal.
Considering our present culture, we understand that leaders who possess the ability to urge someone to feel or do something are said to inspire others. On one side of the argument, there are those who believe this is an ability leaders are born with, but on the other side, this ability is something a leader can learn.
Either way, creating ownership among the team, generating enthusiasm, visualizing the future, and expressing appreciation elevates the work of others, inspiring them to act.
When leaders exercise this ability, there is a uniting force that keeps others focused on the goal before them with an implementation of the plans necessary to reach the goal.