Twin Rails of Great Leadership

Trains need 2 strong rails. Just one faulty rail can cause so much damage. Last week, a train derailed in Washington, D.C. Investigators said this accident was caused by cracks in just a 10-foot long section of rail. Without strong and solid rails, trains can’t get to where they need to go.

It’s a new semester, and I’m thinking of what strong rails are necessary for my studies and eventual work in Business Management and Entrepreneurship. I am getting into the heart of some of the most important courses for my major. In my future career of business, one rail will be built with wisdom from people. I expect to learn a lot of good from my professors and classmates.

These are a few of the skills I am looking forward to learning:

  1. The importance of team building
  2. Problem solving and decision making
  3. Time management (the ability to multi-task)
  4. Good communication

The other important rail that I want my career to run on is Jesus’ path toward and style of great leadership.

To me, leadership is more than just telling people what to do and keeping everything organized. Leadership is about serving others for the glory of God because that’s exactly what Jesus did for us.

I love how Annie Downs writes in 100 Days to Brave: “Lead people toward an abundant life and toward a real relationship with a real God.”

In order to lead well, we must follow well. Leadership requires true humility and the ability to recognize our great need for Jesus. We are called to care, serve, and be an example of Christ to others.

Mark 9:25 says, “And He sat down and called the twelve. And He said to them, ‘If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.’”

I want my future career in business to run on 2 tracks: the wisdom you get from people and the wisdom from Jesus. As we follow Jesus, we become more like Him. Let us lead one another in love as we follow the One true leader, Christ Himself.

This post is the beginning of a new topic I will be sharing along with many other aspects of my life. Later on down the road, my hope is to create a brand and start my own company, but that’s a topic for another day.

Question: In what ways has God placed us in a role of leadership? How can we steward that opportunity for His glory?

Photo: Libby McCord

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