The Secret of Leadership is Simple

July 22, 2009 — 9 Comments

On a recent trip to Cuiaba, Brazil I was given the opportunity to share a few thoughts with the Comec Leadership an organization of 200 or more pastors and leaders from different denominations.  We were worshipping the Lord in song prior to the general session.  Sitting beside me was my translator, Nayla.  She is a pre-law student who loves the Lord so deeply.  Nayla whispered that she would like to stand in an act of worship, but was hesitant because others were sitting.  I agreed, and without lingering on the thought, “What if”, we both stood.  Worshipping the Lord with eyes closed, arms raised and our hearts on Him, we realized in just a few minutes that almost everyone else was standing in worship as well. 

 It was encouraging for me to see that this one small act of love; honor and worship helped and encouraged others.  We were leaders that day without even saying a word.  It reminded me of a simple truth that I came across in the highly recommended book, Tribes, by Seth Godin. “The secret of leadership is simple:  Do what you believe in.  Paint a picture of the future.  Go there.  People will follow.” 

 What do you believe in?  What picture are you painting?  Where are you going?

Robin Lewis

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I buy into and have been a student of leadership for over 30 years. I am the president and Principal Agent of Robin Lewis Insurance, a full service Independent Insurance Agency. I'm also a member of the John Maxwell Team My passion is for life-long personal growth and to help others to do the same. Your comments are encouraged and welcomed here anytime!

9 responses to The Secret of Leadership is Simple

  1. Ahh! Daddy this was probably the best post yet! It was a great example of what true leadership really is and that is posturing our hearts before the Lord for others to see. Thank you for this post and I’ll be sure to update mine soon!

    Love you 🙂

  2. Thanks for sharing Robin. I have bookmarked this site. Very thought provoking as I questioned my leadership this morning – I must remember to step out in faith and put my trust in the true leader. Take care.

  3. Yes my brother, that is so true. True Leadership is what it is all about.. Keep up the great job in teaching LEADERSHIP. Have a bless afternoon.

  4. Thanks for posting about this, I would love to read more about this topic.

  5. Reminds me of the old adage, “To thine own self, be true.” Simple, perhaps even effortless – but it’s impact in the lives of others may be profound. Thank you Robin.

  6. Ahhhh! Yes!!! This is so encouraging as a young adult that can sometimes feel overwhelmed by the set ways of the world and wonder if it can really be changed. Will be chewing on this for the rest of the day… no, what am I saying — for the rest of life!!

    “The secret of leadership is simple: Do what you believe in. Paint a picture of the future. Go there. People will follow.”

  7. the saying is so true, “people follow what you do, not much on what you say.” Great reminder for all.

  8. Shelly-Ann Bryce July 29, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Thank you for sharing Robin. Often time we hesitate because we have no one to encourage and stand with us. We are overwhelmed by what the world sometime look for in leaders. I am very proud of you. If we can only open our heart and ear for that whisper or cry and offer encouragement. The best way to lead is to LOVE i agree with you. Thank you again for sharing
    appreciate.

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