Leadership Wisdom from My Readers (Pt. 12)


This series is about sharing the knowledge, thoughts, and wisdom of those who comment on my blog. If you have missed any of the parts here they are: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8,  Part 9,  Part 10, and Part 11 . Here are three more people who’s leadership wisdom you will enjoy.

Ngina Otiende from intentionaltoday.com

“Leadership is a people business.” It’s easy for me to get into projects/program modes and forget the people. But I’ve been learning that it’s all about people and without a genuine investment and connection, everything else is nothing.”

“The key thing is operating from your gift, knowing where God’s called you. That’s where the fruit and impact is.”

“My biggest app is Evernote. That’s where I do all my writing and ideas capturing.”

“I’ve tried to be an all-rounded multi-tasker in the past without much success but much frustration. It takes time to discover, grow and be comfortable operating from our strengths, but once there, it’s just the best.”

Justin Buck from buckleadership.wordpress.com

“Character and self-leadership are essential for any leader. If you don’t believe it, look how many political superstars, community leaders, and even pastors who have been undone by sexual sin.”

When I was commuting to school, I loved reclaiming the time. At first, I would ride down the interstate in the early-morning fog of student fatigue. Finally, I reclaimed the time by listening to constructive programs or turning the radio off and spending the time in reflection. Sometimes we miss the importance of quiet time. Reclaim your wasted minutes and turn them into powerful moments to recharge and reflect.”

“If you really want to know how you’re doing at home, ask your spouse to be frank and honest in evaluating each of these areas of your life. Ask him/her to list your top three strengths and top three weaknesses and the number one area he/she needs you to improve. This is not an easy process, but it’s worth it!”

“If we don’t leave a legacy, our hard work turns to dust. This highlights the need to seek out and develop potential leaders for the future of your organization.”

Barb Raveling from barbraveling.com

“I avoid insecurity by going to God to see myself through His eyes whenever I’m tempted to see myself through the eyes of others.”

“One of the things that’s helped me is to see failure itself as a victory because it means I’m trying. I went for so many years without trying because I was afraid of rejection and failure that trying in and of itself is a victory, whether I succeed or fail.”

“Attitude is so important, and for me the thoughts I’m thinking are huge. The more I see life from God’s perspective, the happier and more peaceful I am.”

Question: Which of the above comments resonated with you the most?

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12 thoughts on “Leadership Wisdom from My Readers (Pt. 12)

  1. “Attitude is so important, and for me the thoughts I’m thinking are huge. The more I see life from God’s perspective, the happier and more peaceful I am.” Focus determines reality, but attitude combined with the quality of our thoughts determines our focus. Resetting to a God-perspective regularly is crucial in order for all of these to work in harmony.

  2. I love Justin’s idea about asking our spouses to list our top 3 strengths and weaknesses and an area to improve – I’ll have to try that! And thanks so much for including quotes from me, Dan – I appreciate it!

  3. Great wisdom here! Thanks for sharing Dan.

    Ngina’s comment about leadership being a people business hit home with me. Building relationships is more important than me finishing a project. People, not projects matter in the grand scheme of things. Yes, it’s important to finish a project, to lead people into doing a good job, but there’s more to it than finishing a goal. People matter to God and they should matter to us.