In learning to become women of excellence today we had a very interesting discussion. It was really fast so I tried my best to get as much as I could to share with you guys.
Our main scriptures of focus were 1st Timothy 3:1 and Philippians 1:9-12.
For spiritual growth and greater levels of maturity, scriptures often calls us to abound or excel in Christian character.
How can you be a good leader?
*A quest for superiority- keep on growing!
*Prayer is important- always seek Gods guidance
*Do Not be limited by the nature of the task- go out of your way! Think outside the box
* put in your best! Not mediocrity – not perfection- not just seeking to impress.
“I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence , I can reach for; perfection is Gods business” Michael J Fox
To go beyond
What qualities do we need?
Have background experience and insight
Be called by the Holy Spirit
“It is not what he has, or even what he does which expresses the worth of a man, it is what he is” Henri Frederic Amiel
What is expected of us?
To do our utmost, to do our best, to make every effort, to try, to do all we can to go the extra mile; to surpass, to empower ourselves!
To have the proper attitude
Life is all about choices
We all face a myriad of choices daily- about careers, home, love, marriage, children , life in general .these are all influenced by cultural expectations of how women are supposed to be.
Many of us are programmed to believe that we don’t have the power to chose what we want
We can move beyond the prescribed limits, constraints and restrictions placed upon us by others.
It’s difficult to see a bright side of a difficult situTion. It’s difficult not impossible! We are powerful enough to move beyond barriers I order to do the impossible when WE choose to. Iris in each one of us!
Why do we fear?
Some of the answers given were failure, feeling like we aren’t good enough, laziness etc
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It our light not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented? Actually who are we not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not save the world! There is nothing enlightening about shrinking to other people so that they don’t feel insecure around us. We are meant to shine as children do. We are born to make the manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of. Us, it is in all of us. And as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. as we are liberated from. Our fear, our presence automatically liberates us”
Do we choose to be satisfies with the least?
Do we strive to render our best at all times?
We are each responsible for own lives through the choices we make.
The most important Traits of a good leader
*Relationship with God
*Be an example
*Prepare to sacrifice
How do we equip ourselves?
*Attend meets regularly
*Use opportunities to attend workshops, presentations, talks, devotions etc
*Ask if not sure
“hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself” Henry Ward Beecher (I love this one)
How do we prepare ourselves?
*Pray about it
“With regard to excellence, it’s not enough to know, but we must try to have Nd use it” Aristotle
“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you must develop the habit in little matters” Colin Powell
“Excellence is to do a common thin in an uncommon way” Booker T Washington
Always have a plan B! Sometimes in life things go well , other times not so well and a good leader always has a backup plan for the rainy days.
God bless and let go God transform you from the INSIDE OUT into a woman (or man) of influence