Leadership is instinctual. I’m at Pre-Teen Camp this week and saw something remarkable one night during worship.
Following the sermon, we started singing again. I was sitting behind a group of boys who were standing and singing. After one song, I watched as one boy sat down. Slowly, and one by one, the other three boys all sat down.
Then, once the next song began, the first boy stood up, and slowly, one by one, the other boys stood back up.
Leadership influence happens with a group of pre teens as much as it does for adults or teenagers.
Our challenge, as people who are looking to develop leaders around us, is to help students (and adults) develop an awareness of the opportunities to lead, and to help them cultivate a willingness to make a difference.
Who can you develop around you? Who are the students who naturally have people follow them? What about the student who just has a great heart and needs some guidance?
Leadership is not reserved for a select group of chosen people. If that were the case, I would never have qualified.
Instead, everyone has leadership influence. My goal, and I’m guessing yours, too, is to teach anyone who is willing how to make the most of their opportunities.