Inspirational Leaders

Throughout history, great leaders have not only been a source of ideas and concepts, but a source of inspiration. This inspiration causes people to move from the gallery of spectators to participating in the game on the field, fully owning the team goals they are expected to achieve. Usually a person’s true potential is only realized when a great leader gets involved in their life. As leaders we are responsible to mold, coach and guide those that are in our realm of influence. By doing so we serve them. US General Dwight Eisenhower said, “You do not lead by hitting people over the head, that’s assault not leadership.” Leadership is empowering and training those around us.

But a leader must be secure enough to serve people by empowering them with training and opportunity. When we empower others we suddenly open the door to new ideas and levels of creativity. We take the responsibility to discover, develop and nurture the creativity of these individuals so ultimately our project is completed better, but also so their potential is fully realized. US General George Patton said it like this, “Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their ingenuity.”  

A great leader might ask the question, “What do you need from me?” In doing so they empower those around them and find out what they need to succeed. And if failure occurs, then the question becomes. “What can we do to make sure this doesn’t happen again?” What training do you need to turn your talents in to skills?

Even in failure we can develop new solutions and insights for the future. In our family of churches DOVE International, where we have apostles and prophets working together in leadership, there is a culture of experimentation and the freedom to try new things. So failure does happen here; some would call this research and development. Failure is not the falling down, but the staying down.

Failure happens to everyone, even the seasoned leader. But the leader who can admit their mistakes, and learn the skills so as not to repeat them, demonstrates phenomenal leadership skills to those around them, inspiring others to do the same.

Brian Sauder