Who decided you were a Woman Leader? You did by acting in a way that is honored. You decided in your heart that you would show leadership characteristics and people started to look up to you. Anyone can create a plan and anyone can tell people what to do, it is a leader that accomplishes the teamwork that is required to complete the project. There is the chance of push back or someone who challenges your authority. It will happen every time. Someone wants to know why you are in charge. The response is up to you. You can always show them with your positive, successful attitude.
What makes a leader? A leader is someone we usually look up to, someone we admire. Do you have to be the top dog to be a leader? Absolutely not. The woman who has perfect attendance in her book club is admired by her fellow members and is looked at as a leader of her club. The woman who volunteers at the food bank every week and gives her time is a leader. The woman who takes the new employees at work and shows them the ropes is a leader. These are all great examples of women leaders. How are you an example of leadership in your group?
Dealing with the challengers is always a difficult thing. There may be many reasons why your authority is being challenged. You might be dealing with a three-year-old that refuses to eat anything other than chicken nuggets. Those are usually the toughest. You have never known torture till you have a small child asking you “Why?” twenty times before doing anything. Some of you know what I am talking about. You might have someone who has been at the business longer than you have and you received the position they wanted. You might have someone who can’t get past the fact a woman is in a leadership role. Remember to be a compassionate leader. Listen to any information that they have to offer. Consider their situation. Then make a solid decision as the leader in charge. Remember that you have to stand your ground after you have finalized a solution. That strength will serve you well at the next challenge.
Sorry I have no secrets to make three-year-olds eat their peas. That would be a miracle. Have a great day and stay strong. Remember, you are in charge.
For a great story of a woman leader, read Judges 4:1-16. The story of Deborah is an example of God putting a woman in charge and leading His people to victory.
Love you ladies,